Son of Saul

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Mar 082016


Son of Saul, the sensational, technically audacious and emotionally gruelling début feature film from 38-year-old Hungarian filmmaker Laszlo Nemes, was one of the best reviewed films at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Grand Prix. It then went on to receive near-universal acclaim and was awarded Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards. A horror film above all, this courageous work depicts two days in the life of Saul Auslander (Géza Röhrig), a Jewish-Hungarian prisoner working as a member of the Sonderkommando – Jewish prisoners enlisted to assist with the disposal of gas chamber victims for meagre rations – at one of the Auschwitz concentration camp crematoriums. Continue reading »