American actor John Malkovich arrived in Israel on Tuesday, and will perform on stage in Tel Aviv and Eilat this week.
Malkovich has appeared in some 80 movies and television shows since 1978, as well as several Broadway productions. He is in Israel to recreate his critically acclaimed lead role in the musical-drama “The Infernal Comedy — Confessions of a Serial Killer.” The performance on Wednesday will be at the Felicja Blumental International Music Festival in Tel Aviv and on Thursday at the Eilat Chamber Music Festival.
The production is a cross between a Baroque opera and a crime drama, in which Malkovich plays real-life Austrian serial killer Jack Unterweger, who returns from the grave to share his life story.
In 1976, Unterweger was sentenced to life in prison for murdering an 18-year-old German woman. In 1990 he was released on parole as an example of rehabilitation, but within months of his release, he began killing again, murdering 11 more women in Vienna, Prague and Los Angeles between 1990 and 1993.
In June 1994, he was again convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment, with no possibility of parole. The night he was convicted, he committed suicide in his cell at the Graz-Karlau Prison in Austria.
Malkovich has portrayed Unterweger on stage and in film. Each chapter of the stage production closes with operatic arias sung live by sopranos.
This is Malkovich’s second visit to Israel and his first performance. He was the guest of honor at the Jerusalem Film Festival in 2008.