The other day I was editing a book that mentioned an 80s movie. This particular book happened to have been translated into English, though, and the title of the movie was botched! The tricky thing with translation work is that there are multiple words that mean similar things and sometimes the literal translation isn’t correct.
The film adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road debuted in Cannes back in May and, although it won’t make it to the US until December, it has gone on to show in some other countries around the world. However, if you’re looking to find out if the film is showing in theatres in your country, you may find it listed with a translated title.
According to IMDB, these are the titles that On the Road is going by in other countries:
|En el camino||Spain (imdb display title)|
|Kelyje||Lithuania (imdb display title)|
|Matkalla||Finland (imdb display title)|
|Na Estrada||Brazil (imdb display title)|
|Na ceste||Czech Republic (imdb display title)|
|On the road – Unterwegs||Germany (imdb display title)|
|Pela Estrada Fora||Portugal (imdb display title)|
|Sur la route||France (imdb display title)|
|W drodze||Poland (imdb display title)|
Some of these, for example the French and Spanish, are literal translations, but it doesn’t appear that all of them are. I believe “Matkalla” is the Finnish word for “trips.” The Polish title could also translate as “In Transit.”
If you speak any of these languages, let us know if they’re exact translations.