Join the Jewish Public Library and the Montreal Holocaust Museum for a screening of the film, The Interpreter.

  • Film screening – 114 minutes
  • German and Slovak with English subtitles

The Interpreter

“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.” (IMDB)

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. For the two men, it’s a bittersweet road trip during which they discover deep unresolved conflicts that surface in new forms.

Film Accolades

Official Entry (Slovakia) – Best Foreign Language Film, 2019 Academy Awards

Winner – Film Critics Circle Award San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 2018

Official Selection Berlin International Film Festival 2018


Ticket reservations are required and can be made by contacting the Jewish Public Library at (514) 345-6416. Tickets cost $10 for library members and students, and $15 general admission.

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