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The Interpreter

Dolmetscher

 

Bruno Wagner (Producer), Martin Šulík (Director, Screenwriter, Producer), Peter Simonischek (Actor), Rudolf Biermann (Producer)

Moderation: Jenni Zylka

An 80-year-old translator, Ali Ungár, comes across a book written by a former SS officer recounting his war experiences in Slovakia. Ali realises that one of the chapters may well describe his own parents’ execution. And so, armed with a pistol, he sets off to Vienna to look for the SS man and take his revenge. But once there, the only person he encounters is the man’s 70-year-old son Georg, a former teacher who has spent his whole life avoiding his father and suffering from an addiction to alcohol. The translator’s visit arouses Georg’s curiosity and he decides to invite Ali on a trip through Slovakia. But whilst Georg is basically out to have a good time, Ali is hoping to find out how his parents really died. Gradually, these two very different men begin to warm to each other and together, they discover a country that would prefer to forget about its past.
Oscillating between comedy and tragedy, Martin Šulík’s road movie focuses on two old men weighed down by the unresolved conflicts that have plagued their lives who are now trying to free themselves from this oppressive burden. Jiří Menzel plays the role of the gloomy and worldly-wise Ali, Peter Simonischek is the maverick Georg.

by
Martin Šulík

Slovak Republic / Czech Republic / Austria 2018

German, Slovak

113 min · Colour

World premiere

With

Peter Simonischek (Georg Graubner)
Jiří Menzel (Ali Ungár)
Zuzana Mauréry (Edita)
Anita Szvrcsek (Jola)
Anna Rakovská (Truda)
Eva Kramerová (Berta)
Réka Derzsi (Veronika)
Attila Mokos (Kysel Junior)
Karol Šimon (Pečner)
Igor Hrabinský (Kysel Senior)

Crew

Written and directed by
Martin Šulík
Director of Photography
Martin Štrba
Editing
Olina Kaufmanová
Music
Vladimír Godár
Sound Design
Pavel Rejholec
Sound
Klaus Kellermann
Production Design
František Lipták
Costumes
Katarína Hollá
Make-up
Lucie Lišková
Assistant Director
Jan Bílek
Casting
Ingrid Hodálová
Production Manager
Josefína Borecká
Producers
Rudolf Biermann, Martin Šulík, Bruno Wagner
Executive Producer
Mirka Grimaldi
Co-producers
Tibor Búza, Helena Uldrichová
Co-production
Rozhlas a televízia Slovenska, Bratislava
Česká televize, Prag

Biography

Martin Šulík

Born in Žilina, Slovakia in 1962, he gained his first experience as a film director and actor whilst studying at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. He made his debut film, Neha (Tenderness), in 1991. His most successful film to date, Záhrada (The Garden), won the Czech Lion Award in five different categories. He has also been working as a screenwriter and since 2000 has focused chiefly on documentary and television productions. In 2005, he returned to making feature films with the comedy Sluneční stát aneb hrdinové dělnické třídy (The City of the Sun).

Filmography

1984 Skon Paľa Ročku (The Death of Palo Ročka) 1991 Neha (Tenderness) 1993 Všetko, čo mám rád (Everything I Like) 1995 Záhrada (The Garden) 1997 Orbis Pictus 2000 Krajinka (Landscape) 2002 Klíč k určovaní trpaslíků aneb Poslední cesta Lemuela Gullivera (The Key for Determining Dwarfs or The Last Travel of Lemuel Gulliver); documentary 2005 Sluneční stát aneb hrdinové dělnické třídy (The City of the Sun) 2007 Martin Slivka – Muz, ktory sadil stromy; documentary 2009 Zlatá šedesátá (Golden Sixties); documentary TV series 2011 Cigán (Gypsy) 2018 The Interpreter (Dolmetscher)

Produced by

Titanic
Bratislava, Slovak Republic
+421 905 439040

In Film Praha
Prag, Czech Republic
+420 2 22515357

www.infilm.cz

Coop99 Filmproduktion
Wien, Austria
+43 1 3195825

www.coop99.at

World sales

Celluloid Dreams
Paris, France
+33 1 49700370

www.celluloid-dreams.com

Dates

  • 230331
    Code for ticket purchase at counter
    Fri Feb 23 20:00
    International (E)
  • 250881
    Code for ticket purchase at counter
    Sun Feb 25 18:00
    Cubix 8 (E)

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