Directed by Martin Šulík
Starring Peter Simonischek (Toni Erdmann)
and Jiří Menzel (Academy Award Winner, Closely Watched Trains)
Slovak Republic / Czech Republic / Austria, 2018
Drama / Comedy
German / Slovakian (with English subtitles)
An 80-year-old translator, Ali Ungár, comes across a book written by a former SS officer recounting his war experiences in Slovakia. Ali realizes that one of the chapters may well describe his own parents’ execution. And so, armed with a pistol, he sets off to Vienna to look for the SS man and take his revenge. But once there, the only person he encounters is the man’s 70-year-old son Georg, a former teacher who has spent his whole life avoiding his father and suffering from an addiction to alcohol. The translator’s visit arouses Georg’s curiosity and he decides to invite Ali on a trip through Slovakia. But whilst Georg is basically out to have a good time, Ali is hoping to find out how his parents really died. Gradually, these two very different men begin to warm to each other and together, they discover a country that would prefer to forget about its past.
Oscillating between comedy and tragedy, Martin Šulík’s road movie focuses on two old men weighed down by the unresolved conflicts that have plagued their lives who are now trying to free themselves from this oppressive burden. Jiří Menzel plays the role of the gloomy and worldly-wise Ali, Peter Simonischek is the maverick Georg.
Winner of SIX Slovak National Film Awards (The Sun in a Net):
- Best Picture of the Year!
- Best Director (Martin Šulík)
- Best Actor (Jiří Menzel and Peter Simonischek)
- Best Script (Marek Leščák, Martin Šulík)
- Best Cinematography (Martin Štrba)
- Best Music (Vladimír Godár)
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
Berlin International Film Festival 2018