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. Austin Jewish Film Festival - 2020
  21. Carmel Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  22. Central Florida Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  23. Central Massachusetts Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  24. Charlotte Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  25. Chicago Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  26. Cincinnati Jewish & Israeli Film Festival - 2017
  27. Cleveland Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  28. Columbia Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  29. Columbia Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  30. Dayton Jewish International Film Festival - 2016
  31. Festival Internacional de Cine Judío Caracas - 2015
  32. Gainesville Jewish Film Fest - 2016
  33. Geneva International Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  34. Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  35. Houston Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  36. Jewish Film Festival of Southwest Florida - 2016
  37. JFilm Festival (Pittsburgh) - 2015
  38. Jüdisches Filmfestival Wien - 2020
  39. Kansas City Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  40. Merrimack Valley Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  41. Mobile Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  42. Morris and Mollye Fogelman International Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  43. Moscow Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  44. Naples Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  45. New Jersey Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  46. Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  47. PJFF Fall Festival - 2015
  48. Randi & Bruce Pergament Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  49. Riverside Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  50. San Francisco Jewish Film Festival - 2014
  51. Sarasota-Manatee Israel Film Festival - 2017
  52. Savannah Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  53. Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  54. Sonoma County Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  55. St. Louis Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  56. Tucson International Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  57. Vancouver Jewish Film Festival - 2014
  58. Virginia Peninsula Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  59. Westchester Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  60. Wilmington Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  61. 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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