Attending this event

Peter Simonischek

Peter Simonischek is an award-winning Austrian actor, known for Toni Erdmann (2016) and numerous other films. After graduating from the Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in Graz in 1970, he performed in various theatre productions, including at the Schaubühne Berlin, where he was a member of the famous Peter Stein Ensemble. He has been a member of the Burgtheater in Vienna since 1999.

Bobby Garson

Bobby Garson has a PhD degree from the London School of Economics and an extensive academic career including serving as Reader in American History, Keele University, Director, David Bruce Centre for American Studies, Keele University, and Professor of American History, Goethe University, Frankfurt. He has also published a number of books amongst which you can find The Democratic Party and the Politics of Sectionalism (1974), The Uncertain Power:  A Political History of the US since 1929 (1991), The United States and China since 1949: A Troubled Affair (1996), and The Roosevelt Years (1999)

He is a member of Menorah Synagogue and was born in London. Both parents from Vienna and arrived in the UK 1939.

Films screening at this event

The Interpreter

original title
Jirí Menzel, Peter Simonischek
Austria, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic
113 min

80-year-old Ali, a Slovakian-Jewish interpreter, arrives in Vienna with the intention of tracking down – and killing – the SS officer who shot his parents. Instead, he meets the officer’s womanising son, Georg. Despite their initial animosity, Georg turns up in Bratislava and asks Ali to help him investigate his father’s past. Their journey through the Slovak countryside is as comic as it is tragic. Starring Peter Simonischek (Toni Erdmann) and sensitively exploring memory, trauma and guilt, The Interpreter is a road movie like no other.