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.
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.
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