The Interpreter

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The Interpreter

“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.

This film is part of the Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2019 series.

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