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Tuesday, August 27 – Closing Night – 7:30pm
The Interpreter
Comedy/Drama (Slovak Republic, Czech Republic, Austria, 2019) 1 hr. 56 min.  In German and Slovakian
Directed by Martin Šulík

Winner, Building Bridges Jury Prize
Atlanta Jewish Film Festival 2019

Official Entry (Slovakia) – Best Foreign Language Film, 2019 Academy Awards

​Winner – Film Critics Circle Award
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 2018

Winner of SIX Slovak National Film Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Script, Best Music

Starring Peter Simonischek (Toni Erdmann) and Jiří Menzel (Academy Award Winner, Closely Watched Trains)

Odd-couple traveling companions—the son of a Nazi officer and his Jewish translator—roam the Slovak countryside, in this bittersweet road movie full of melancholic humor that traverses complex moral and historical territory. Gloomy, worldly-wise widower Ali (Jirí Menzel) leaves his home in Bratislava to find and kill the SS officer who murdered his parents during WWII. Instead, he meets the Nazi’s son in Vienna, retired teacher Georg (Peter Simonischek), an incorrigible drunk and womanizer, yet to grasp the enormity of his father’s crimes. Despite their tense first encounter, the two ill-matched men travel together to bear witness in a country eager to forget its dark past, developing a prickly friendship along the way. The Interpreter oscillates between comedy and tragedy, exploring themes of memory, trauma and guilt through the shared history of characters seeking to bridge their differences and reclaim their humanity.

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