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The Interpreter (2018)

80-year-old Ali Ungar comes across a book by a former SS officer describing his wartime activities in Slovakia. He realises his parents were executed by him. He sets out to take revenge but... See full summary »

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Martin Sulík
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Simonischek ... Georg Graubner
Jirí Menzel ... Ali Ungár
Zuzana Mauréry ... Edita
Anita Szvrcsek Anita Szvrcsek ... Jola
Anna Jakab Rakovska ... Truda (as Anna Rakovska)
Eva Kramerová Eva Kramerová ... Berta
Réka Derzsi ... Veronika
Anikó Varga Anikó Varga ... Mother (as Aniko Vargová)
Andrej Sebastian Sulik Andrej Sebastian Sulik ... Thief
Lubo Burgr Lubo Burgr ... Policeman
Karol Simon Karol Simon ... Pecner
Judita Hansman Judita Hansman ... Pecnerova
Igor Hrabinský Igor Hrabinský ... Kysel Senior
Attila Mokos Attila Mokos ... Kysel Junior
Roman Polácik ... Historian
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80-year-old Ali Ungar comes across a book by a former SS officer describing his wartime activities in Slovakia. He realises his parents were executed by him. He sets out to take revenge but finds instead his 70-year-old son, Georg, a retired teacher. Georg, who had avoided his father all his life, decides to find out more about him and offers Ali to be his interpreter. The two old men, in everything opposite, embark on a bittersweet journey to meet surviving witnesses of the wartime tragedy. They discover a country eager to forget its past. They realise their memories are fragments mixed with their imagination and interpretation. They connect in silence and manage to discover their own identity.

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Slovak | German | English | Russian

Release Date:

1 March 2018 (Slovakia) See more »

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$130,817
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Official submission of Slovakia for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 91st Academy Awards in 2019. See more »

Quotes

Veronika: What are you doing here?
Georg Graubner: I'm trying to find out what my father did here during the war.
Veronika: What did he do?
Georg Graubner: He murdered people.
Veronika: Nobody has ever tried to hit on me like that.
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Referenced in Prostor X: Jan Hrebejk (2019) See more »

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Written and Performed by Wasted Strings
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A respectful look at the Holocaust through the eyes of children of victims and perpetrators
12 October 2018 | by pedrokolariSee all my reviews

A sort of road movie through Slovakia with a Jewish survivor and the son of an SS officer involved in the death of the survivor's parents. Not fun, not fast but not boring and totally worthwhile, illustrating in a broader sense how the world continues to painfully cope with this event, a task that should take a few more generations. Solid, believable acting.


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