The Interpreter


Opening Night Film
Philadelphia Premiere
Date: Saturday, November 3, 2018
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Philadelphia Film Center (formerly Prince Theater)

: Martin Šulík
Genre: Narrative Feature
Country: Slovakia | Czech Republic | Austria
Year: 2018
Running Time: 1 hr 53 min
Language: In German, Slovak, and Russian with English subtitles

Sponsored by: Jacob Cohen and Sarah Waxman; Judy and Bud Newman

General Admission: $20
Big Nights Pass: $58 (includes admission to the Centerpiece Film AND Closing Night Film as well at a 10% discount! For more info, click HERE)

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(Tickets can only be purchased through the Philadelphia Film Center on their website or at their box office, 215-422-4580)

*Slovakia’s submission for the 2019 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

Elderly translator Ali (Jirí Menzel, Closely Watched Trains) shows up at the home of the man he believes is responsible for his parents’ execution decades earlier. Instead of being greeted by a Nazi, Ali is acquainted with his 70-year-old imprudent son, Georg (Peter Simonischek, Toni Erdmann). Though the men don’t hit it off at first, the former teacher who has yet to comprehend the enormity of his father’s crimes soon approaches Ali with a proposition. He offers to pay Ali to accompany him on a journey through Slovakia and serve as his translator and guide through his father’s dark past.

Because Ali is a reserved, reluctant ascetic and Georg a distractible, flirtatious spendthrift, the mismatched travelers cannot avoid their fair share of hiccups along the way, especially when their misadventures result in Georg drinking himself into oblivion on Ali’s dime. While Georg is driven to gain Ali’s approval and complete their journey as friends, Ali is determined to deny any feelings of connection with Georg. After all, they may have inherited a shared legacy, but did that necessitate a shared fate?

Filmed against the beautiful backdrop of the Slovakian mountains and evergreen forests, THE INTERPRETER is a tragicomic road trip of remembrance and a brilliant path of entry to the Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival’s 38th annual season!

Sponsors and Supporters are invited to a complimentary reception after the movie!

Special Guests: Peter Simonischek, star of THE INTERPRETER.


For Fans of:

  • Austrian cinema
  • Buddy films
  • Dramas
  • Jirí Menzel
  • Peter Simonischek
  • Road trip movies
  • Slovakia
  • The Last Mentsch
  • Toni Erdmann

Official Selection:

  • Berlin International Film Festival
  • San Francisco Jewish Film Festival


  • “A bittersweet road movie.” (Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter)
  • “Through its lovely performances, the film accesses a profound and topical reality about our relationship to history: we cannot visit the sins of the father on the son, but neither can we deny their legacy. Innocence, like guilt, must be earned.” (Jessica Kiang, Variety)