The Last Mentsch

Poster for The Last Mentsch Born Mena’hem Teitelbaum, Marcus Schwarz has denied his Jewish heritage all his life. After surviving the horrors of Auschwitz, he sought to forget the trauma by creating a new identity for himself in Germany, one without Jewish friends or ties. Now faced with his own mortality, he suddenly decides he wants to be buried in a Jewish cemetery. But much to his dismay, his word is not enough for the rabbis; he must prove that he is, in fact, Jewish. But with all his family gone and no remaining records, he has no evidence, save for the faded tattoo on his forearm. Marcus’s only hope is to return to the Hungarian village he grew up in to try to find proof of his birth. Needing a way to get there, he enlists a young Turkish woman to drive him. The unlikely duo—a sullen chain smoker and a gruff old man—set out on a road trip across Europe that will end up irrevocably changing them both. Award-winning documentarian Pierre-Henri Salfati’s foray into feature narrative filmmaking is a thoughtfully rendered story of friendship and healing, with nuanced performances including a turn by renowned German actor Mario Adorf as the hardened yet lovable Marcus. Poignant, funny and deeply moving, The Last Mentsch is a powerful, emotional journey.
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Original title:
Der letzte Mentsch
Year:
2014
Length:
90 minutes
Country:
Director:
Pierre-Henry Salfati
Genre:

Shown at

  1. 13th Annual JCC Rockland International Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  2. 14th Annual Jewish Omaha Film Festival - 2015
  3. 15th Annual Ann Arbor Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  4. 16th Annual Rutgers Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  5. 18th Annual Lenore Marwil Jewish Film Festival (Detroit) - 2016
  6. 18th CAJE Miami Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  7. 19th Annual Jewish Film Festival of Dallas - 2015
  8. 19th Denver Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  9. 20th Annual Hartford Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  10. 21st Annual Harrisburg Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  11. 24th Portland Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  12. 25th Annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  13. 26th Annual Orange County International Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  14. 26th Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  15. 31st Annual Buffalo International Jewish Film - 2016
  16. Ames-Azalak Rochester Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  17. Athens Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  18. Atlanta Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  19. Austin Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  20. Carmel Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  21. Central Florida Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  22. Central Massachusetts Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  23. Charlotte Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  24. Chicago Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  25. Cincinnati Jewish & Israeli Film Festival - 2017
  26. Cleveland Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  27. Columbia Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  28. Columbia Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  29. Dayton Jewish International Film Festival - 2016
  30. Festival Internacional de Cine Judío Caracas - 2015
  31. Gainesville Jewish Film Fest - 2016
  32. Geneva International Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  33. Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  34. Houston Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  35. Jewish Film Festival of Southwest Florida - 2016
  36. JFilm Festival (Pittsburgh) - 2015
  37. Kansas City Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  38. Merrimack Valley Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  39. Mobile Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  40. Morris and Mollye Fogelman International Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  41. Moscow Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  42. Naples Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  43. New Jersey Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  44. Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  45. PJFF Fall Festival - 2015
  46. Randi & Bruce Pergament Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  47. San Francisco Jewish Film Festival - 2014
  48. Sarasota-Manatee Israel Film Festival - 2017
  49. Savannah Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  50. Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  51. Sonoma County Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  52. St. Louis Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  53. Tucson International Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  54. Vancouver Jewish Film Festival - 2014
  55. Virginia Peninsula Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  56. Westchester Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  57. Wilmington Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  58. Winnipeg International Jewish Film Festival - 2016

2 Responses

  1. Susan Cohen says:

    How do I get a copy of the film, would like to get it for my son.
    I just saw the movie, very powerful, I’m a Holoucast survivor from Slovakia.

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