“The subtlety of the film’s elegant craft, the restraint of Sulik’s characterful screenplay, and the superb chemistry between the two lead actors…gives The Interpreter a respectful, quiet resonance.” (Variety)
Acclaimed Slovakian director Martin Sulik (Gypsy, an extraordinary film about a Roma settlement in eastern Slovakia) takes Peter Simonischek (Toni Erdmann) and Academy Award nominee Jiri Menzel (My Sweet Little Village) on an unusual journey. Menzel plays 80-year-old translator Ali Ungar, who comes across a book by a former SS officer that recounts his war experiences in Slovakia. Ali recognizes a description of his parents’ execution and sets off for Vienna to take his revenge. He locates the officer’s 70-year-old son Georg (Simonischek), who has spent his whole life drinking and avoiding responsibilities, and the two set off on a road trip to Slovakia—one sincerely investigating his family history, and the other out to have a good time. Gradually, the two men form an unexpected friendship and discover that Slovakia, like many other countries, would prefer to forget about its past.