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by Martin Šulík


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.

international title: The Interpreter
original title: Tlmocník
country: Slovakia, Czech Republic, Austria
sales agent: Celluloid Dreams
year: 2018
genre: fiction
directed by: Martin Šulík
film run: 100'
release date: SK 1/03/2018, CZ 15/03/2018, ES 18/09/2020
screenplay: Martin Šulík, Marek Lešcák
cast: Peter Simonischek, Jirí Menzel, Zuzana Mauréry, Anna Rakovska, Eva Kramerová
cinematography by: Martin Štrba
film editing: Olga Kaufmanová
art director: Frantisek Liptak
costumes designer: Katarína Hollá
music: Vladimír Godár
producer: Rudolf Biermann, Martin Šulík
co-producer: Bruno Wagner
production: Titanic, In Film Praha, coop99, Rozhlas a televízia Slovenska - Radio and Television Slovakia, Czech Television - Česká televize
distributor: Surtsey Films
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