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Weicholz Global Film Series: A Translator

Event Info
Date: Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Location: Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
Time: 7:00pm
General Admission: $10

Pre-film talk with Dr. John Pfeifer begins at 7pm, with the film beginning at approximately 7:30pm.

In Spanish and Russian with English subtitles

Directed by the the Barriuso brothers, the two sons of the film’s real world protagonist, A Translator tells the true story of a Russian Literature professor at the University of Havana who is ordered to work as a translator for the child victims of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster when they are sent to Cuba for medical treatment in the late 1980s. Torn from the abstract world of academia and forced into the relentlessly real world of medicine, the college professor must find a way to connect with the kids and serve as an empathic translator between the doctors and the children’s parents. Just as he adapts to his new job, the Berlin Wall falls and Cuba enters the deepest economic crisis the island has ever known. Malin is now so entrenched in the lives of the Chernobyl Children that he doesn’t notice his own young family is suffering. He must find his way back to his wife and child through the lessons he learns at the hospital and become a better person on the way.

“[A] tenderly told drama; one that wears its heart on its sleeves, and…resonates with genuine emotion." -Screen International

“Santoro’s extraordinary portrayal of Malin’s vulnerability, frustration, and empathy draws viewers in. We sympathize with him despite his familial transgressions. Each Russian child’s plight is captivating and harrowing. The Barriuso brothers succeed in creating a film that is equally heartbreaking and inspiring.” -Film Threat

Directed by Rodrigo and Sebastian Barriuso
Starring: Rodrigo Santoro, Maricel Alvarez, Nataliya Rodina
Awards: Official Selection and Nominee for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival; Best Director at the Shanghai International Film Festival
Cuba/Canada; Not Rated; Directed by Sebastián Barriuso Gonzalez-Mora and Rodrigo Barriuso Gonzalez-Mora (2018); 107 minutes


With special thanks to our generous sponsors for this series, Helene and Stephen Weicholz and our host, Dr. John Pfeifer.