German with English subtitles. Ali looks for the former Nazi officer who executed his parents, but instead finds his son. Georg spent his life avoiding his father, suffers from alcohol addiction, and invites Ali on a trip through Slovakia.

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Comedy | Drama | 2018


Peter Simonischek, Jiří Menzel


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.


Martin Šulík, Rudolf Biermann, Bruno Wagner


Martin Šulík

Winner, Jury Prize for Building Bridges Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, 2019
Winner, Tobias Spencer Award Haifa International Film Festival, 2019
Winner, Best Picture, Best Director, Best Leading Actor (Jirí Menzel, Peter Simonischek), Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Music Sun in a Net Awards, 2019