After garnering wide acclaim in Europe, The Last Mentsch comes to the Washington Jewish Film Festival. Starring one of Germany's most beloved actors (Mario Adorf from The Tin Drum), this provocative meditation on the nature of Jewish identity follows Auschwitz survivor Marcus Schwartz, a self-described "normal" German with no Jewish ties. Now an old man, he suddenly decides that he wants to be buried in a Jewish cemetery. This ends up being more difficult than he imagined - his word is not enough for the rabbis; he must prove that he is Jewish. For proof of a heritage he spent his lifetime denying, he returns to his hometown in Hungary. He enlists a young Turkish woman to drive him there, setting up a journey that will change both their lives. Now The Last Mentsch (in German, Hungarian, Hebrew and Yiddish with English subtitles) screens at the Washington DCJCC.
Dir. Pierre-Henry Salfati
(93min,Germany / Switzerland / France, 2014)
German, Hungarian, Hebrew, English and Yiddish with English Subtitles