BRATISLAVA: Acclaimed Slovak director Martin Šulík is shooting his new feature The Interpreter / Tlmočník. It is his first feature film after a long break following Gypsy / Cigán (produced by Titanic, In Film, and coproduced by Czech Television, RTVS) in 2011. The road movie will star Oscar-winning director Jiří Menzel and Toni Erdmann actor Peter Simonischek.
Šulík penned the script with Marek Leščák, with whom he cooperated on Gypsy and The Garden / Záhrada from 1995. Their current project depicts the story of two elderly men, who accidentally discover similarities between their families‘ tragic issues during WW II. The Slovak Jew Ali and the former teacher Georg decide to travel across the country to find witnesses of the past and deal with their own struggles.
The film is the director‘s response to the increasing tendencies of fascism spreading across Europe. „One layer of the film is the detective-like search of the main characters following the clues leading towards a former Austrian SS officer who worked in Slovakia during WW II and circumstances around mass murder. Those dynamic motives are accented by the second layer, which shows two old men with totally different conceptions of life,“ Šulík said.
The poetic road movie will be shot in various locations across Slovakia, including Bratislava, Banská Bystrica, Žilina, Ružomberok and the small towns of Ľubietová and Bešeňová.
The cast also includes the recent winner of the national Sun in a Net award for best actress Zuzana Mauréry and Attila Mokos. The crew will consist of Šulík's close collaborators including DoP Martin Štrba, who recently worked on A Prominent Patient / Masaryk (produced by In Film, Rudolf Biermann and coproduced by Czech Television, RTVS).
The film has an estimated budget of 1.5 m EUR. The principal filming will take place in April and May 2017. Postproduction should be finished in December 2017.
Šulík's company Titanic is producing together with Rudolf Biermann´s In Film. Coproduction partners are Austrian coop99, Slovak RTVS and Czech Television. The Slovak Audiovisual Fund and the Czech State Cinematography Fund are supporting. Distributor Garfield Film, which is handling the sales, is planning to release The Interpreter in spring 2018.
Director: Martin ŠulíkScriptwriters: Marek Leščák, Martin ŠulíkDoP: Martin ŠtrbaSet design: František LiptákCostumes: Katarína HolláCast: Jiří Menzl, Peter Simonischek, Zuzana Mauréry, Attila Mokos, Eva Kramerová