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The Interpreter

Martin Šulík
Tlmočník
Slovakia, Czech Republic, Austria 2018 / 113’
My Brother's Name Is Robert and He Is an Idiot The Rider

Audience favorite Martin Šulík is back with a film that was a big hit at this year's Berlinale. In The Interpreter, the Slovak director tells the story of the eponymous interpreter (Jiří Menzel), who wants to learn the secrets of his family's past. During his search, he is forced to confront painful memories from World War II. He also ends up on the trail of an Austrian named Georg (Peter Simonichek from Tony Erdmann), who is hiding a dark secret. Although their meeting starts out with feelings of bitterness and distrust, they form a peculiar bond over time. The Interpreter is a unique mix of a road movie and a story about a difficult friendship between men that is full of the sort of warmth that Sulík is known for. In addition, the film is proof that even the most painful emotions can be discussed in a manner devoid of accusations and with a touch of absurd humor.

Piotr Czerkawski (Kino na Granicy)

Martin Šulík

Director Martin Šulík was born in Žilina, Slovakia in 1962. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Film and Television at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. His Everything I Like was an Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film. The central themes of his work are the search for identity and attachment to values. His films frequently portray the Slovak countryside and its inhabitants. A recurring element in his works is the fluid border between reality and fiction, as in his acclaimed Orbis Pictusand most recently in Gypsy. He has also directed a number of documentaries.

Selected filmography

1982 Ostatnia wieczerza / Posledná večera / Last Night

1992 Wszystko, co lubię / Všetko čo mám rád / Everything I Like

1995 Ogród / Záhrada / The Garden

2000 Pejzaż / Krajinka / Landscape

2005 Słoneczne miasto / Sluneční stát / The City of the Sun

2011 Cygan / Cigán / Gypsy

Cast & Crew

director Martin Šulík
screenplay Marek Lescák, Martin Šulík
cinematography Martin Štrba
editing Olga Kaufmanová
music Vladimír Godár
cast Jiří Menzel, Peter Simonischek, Zuzana Mauréry
producer Rudolf Biermann, Bruno Wagner
production Titanic s.r.o., In Film Praha, Coop99 Filmproduktion, Rozhlas a televízia Slovenska, Ceská Televize
sales Pascale Ramonda
language German, Slovak, Russian
colouration colour