UK Mini Final: Some very british romance


Hello planet and welcome to the national final that will determine the UK entry for the Virtual Festival of Songs’ Soundtracks Edition! Two songs will battle it out around the rolling green hillsides of Shaftesbury in the always pleasant county of Dorset, England. An appropriately romantic landscape for two films that should definitely be part of any list with the greatest love stories ever to grace the silver screen. Our host will be none other than Great Britain’s one and only television Queen, Claire Foy!

claire foy

Choose your favourite among the two songs and send your vote via e-mail but please don’t reveal your preference in the comments! All votes received until 20:00 CET on May 30 will be valid and the winner will then be revealed.

1. “Love My Way” – The Psychedelic Furs (Call Me By Your Name OST)

One of the most “viral” films of recent years, Luca Guadagnino’s golden reminiscence of an ’80s summer romance in the italian countryside tracks the coming-of-age of studious and artistic teenager Elio as he is first repelled and then attracted by the dashing nonchalance of Oliver, his father’s visiting american student. And no scene has been more viral than the one at the village disco where Elio realizes his attraction, watching and then joining Oliver as he takes the dancefloor by storm to the sounds of “Love my way”, a 1982 song by post-punk british group The Psychedelic Furs. The two characters will come across the same song later in the film, in a scene highly symbolic of the course their relationship is going to take.

Takeaway lyrics:

“Love my way, it’s a new road
I follow where my mind goes

They’d put us on a railroad
They’d dearly make us pay
For laughing in their faces and making it our way
There’s emptiness behind their eyes 
There’s dust in all their hearts
They just want to steal us all and take us all apart”

2. “The Days” – Patrick Wolf (God’s Own Country OST)

The soaring romanticism of british singer-songwriter Patrick Wolf appropriately takes over the closing credits of “God’s Own Country”, the debut 2017 feature of british director Francis Lee. Set in the empty expanses of Yorkshire (“God’s own country” as the locals call it) the film follows young, dead-end farmer Johny as he goes from self-destructive hatred to the very real promise of salvation, personified by the resolute but warm-hearted romanian migrant Gheorghe who comes to help with the farm. Despite the superficial resemblances to “Brokeback Mountain”, the film goes way further in the exploration of truth, feeling and possibility in a world where love is no longer a crime. “The Days” first appeared in Wolf’s 2011 album “Lupercalia”.

Takeaway lyrics:

“I had your love once
Seized my body whole
And our first dance
Well, I thought by chance
God had matched my soul
Now tell me
Have we gone too far or did we get too close?
You’ve no Father, I’ve no Son
But when we become Ghost
I promise I will meet you 
At the end of The Days.”

Kenya Kenya (Dino)
Hungary Hungary (Oxi)
Iceland Iceland (Donnie)
Japan Japan (Martin)
Australia Australia (Razvan)
Iran Iran (Rob)
South Korea South Korea (PJ)
Germany Germany (Anders)
South Africa South Africa (Pablo)
Greece Greece (Ellie)
United States United States (Dimitris)
Armenia Armenia (Avat)
Chile Chile (Franco)
Spain Spain (Andy)
Lebanon Lebanon (Mermaid)

Final result: 
“The Days” – Patrick Wolf  8 votes (Martin, Razvan, Rob, Anders, Ellie, Dimitris, Avat, Mermaid)
“Love My Way” – The Psychedelic Furs  7 votes (Dino, Oxi, Donnie, PJ, Pablo, Franco, Andy)

So the winner by the tightest of margins and the song that will represent the UK at VFoS8 is the one from “God’s Own Country”! Thank you everyone for your votes and good luck to all 🙂