80-year-old translator Ali Ungár comes across a book written by a former SS officer recounting his war experiences in Slovakia, and realizes that one of the chapters may well describe his own parents’ execution. Armed with a pistol, he sets off to Vienna to look for the man and enact 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 alcohol addiction. The translator’s visit arouses Georg’s curiosity, and he decides to invite Ali on a trip through Slovakia. But while Georg is basically out to have a good time, Ali hopes 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 (legendary director of films such as Closely Watched Trains) plays the role of the gloomy and worldly-wise Ali, Peter Simonischek (Toni Erdmann) is the maverick Georg.
Appears in: 27th Portland Jewish Film Festival