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Son of Saul

Saul fia

Directed by László Nemes
Hungary, 2015
Drama, War

Synopsis

October 1944, Auschwitz. Saul is a Jewish prisoner working as a Sonderkommando. When he discovers the body of a boy he takes for his son, Saul decides to carry out an impossible task: save the child’s body, find a rabbi to recite the mourner’s Kaddish, and offer the boy a proper burial.

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Son of Saul Directed by László Nemes

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2015 | 4 wins including: FIPRESCI Prize

Academy Awards

2016 | Winner: Best Foreign Language Film of the Year

Independent Spirit Awards

2016 | Winner: Best International Film

Village Voice Film Poll

2015 | Winner: Best Actor

2015 | 2nd place: Best First Feature

2015 | Nominee: Best Director

It’s a hellish assault of sense impressions that strives for a new language in depicting the Holocaust.
November 27, 2015
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This is an ingenious formal innovation that the director, Laszlo Nemes, maintains for 107 minutes. He’s made a war movie through a moral and psychological keyhole.
May 15, 2015
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It is stating the obvious to say of any Holocaust film that it shows the concentration camps as an earthly hell. But the observation takes on genuine meaning with Hungarian drama Son of Saul, which not only gives the metaphor a powerful new charge in terms of dramatic intensity, but represents a serious attempt to rethink the visual codes of depicting the atrocities of the Shoah.
May 14, 2015
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