Son of Saul

Two days in the life of Saul Auslander, Hungarian prisoner working as a member of the Sonderkommando at one of the Auschwitz Crematoriums who, to bury the corpse of a boy he takes for his son, tries to carry out his impossible deed: salvage the body and find a rabbi to bury it. While the Sonderkommando is to be liquidated at any moment, Saul turns away of the living and their plans of rebellion to save the remains of a son he never took care of when he was still alive.

Original title:
Saul fia
Year:
2015
Length:
107 minutes
Country:
Director:
László Nemes
Genre:
Poster for Son of Saul

Shown at

  1. 13th Annual JCC Rockland International Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  2. 15th Annual Las Vegas Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  3. 26th Annual Orange County International Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  4. Boston Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  5. Boulder Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  6. Copenhagen Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  7. Jewish International Film Festival (Australia) - 2015
  8. Michiana Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  9. Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  10. UK Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  11. White Mountain Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  12. Winnipeg International Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  13. Zsido Film Fesztival - 2015

15 Responses

  1. jewishfilmfests says:

    Son of Saul review: an outstanding, excoriating look at evil in Auschwitz

    This astonishing debut film, about a prisoner in the concentration camp employed in the industrial processes of body disposal, is a horror movie of extraordinary focus and courage

    http://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/may/15/son-of-saul-review-an-outstanding-excoriating-look-at-evil-in-auchwitz

  2. I am the Film Selection Chair of the St Louis Jewish Film Festival and we would like to get an online link to preview for consider inclusion in our June 16 festival. Could you please give us the distributor to contact, or can you provide the print. Thank you for any assistance you can provide.

  3. jewishfilmfests says:

    UKJFF: Saul fia (Son of Saul, 2015)

    Ever since details of it first emerged, there’s been a powerful cinematic history of representing the Holocaust (or Shoah) on screen. Many of these works can be quite oblique, whether Chantal Akerman’s documentaries that touch on her mother’s experiences, or dramas that evoke the horrors through a structuring absence or by focusing on audience-surrogate characters who come into touch with those affected.

    https://filmcentric.wordpress.com/2015/11/19/ukjff-saul-fia-son-of-saul-2015/

  4. jewishfilmfests says:

    ‘Son of Saul’ Explores Auschwitz

    One of the top films at Cannes Film Festival, ‘Son of Saul,’ explores the life of an Auschwitz collaborator

    http://www.wsj.com/articles/son-of-saul-explores-auschwitz-1448474626

  5. jewishfilmfests says:

    Holocaust film scoops best debut feature prize

    The curtain came down on the 2015 Jewish Film Festival last weekend with its prestigious Best Debut Feature Award going to Hungarian director Laszlo Nemes for his Holocaust film Son of Saul.

    http://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/150214/holocaust-film-scoops-best-debut-feature-prize

  6. jewishfilmfests says:

    Carrying ‘That Destruction’ In Their Genes

    ‘Son of Saul’ filmmaker and star on what went into making the intense Sonderkommando story set in Auschwitz, and the controversy it engendered.

    http://www.thejewishweek.com/arts/film/carrying-destruction-their-genes

  7. jewishfilmfests says:

    Plunging into hell of Auschwitz, ‘Son of Saul’ confounds

    Academy Award nominee film haunts and provokes with its stark portrait of a Jewish Sonderkommando on a mission to bury his son

    http://www.timesofisrael.com/plunging-into-hell-of-auschwitz-son-of-saul-confounds/

  8. jewishfilmfests says:

    Growing Up Absurd in Auschwitz

    With brutal tact and appalling artistry, the visceral and haunting ‘Son of Saul’ makes little miracles out of the monstrous
    By J. Hoberman

    http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-arts-and-culture/195857/growing-up-absurd-in-auschwitz

  9. jewishfilmfests says:

    “Son of Saul” Has Gone and Changed Holocaust Films Forever

    Son of Saul, Hungarian director Laszlo Nemes’s powerful debut, begins out of focus and stays there for a disorienting amount of time. The haze clears on an ordinary workday in hell: Saul Ausländer is part of the Sonderkommando at Auschwitz. Saul’s horrific existence there is transposed by sudden desperation: among the bodies, he sees a boy who might be his son, and feels he must find a rabbi to give the child a Jewish burial.

    http://thejewniverse.com/2015/opening-today-son-of-saul-changes-holocaust-films-forever/

  10. jewishfilmfests says:

    The 50 best films of 2015 in the US – No 1: Son of Saul

    Concluding our countdown of the best movies released in the US this year, the harrowing Holocaust drama from Hungarian director László Nemes has come out on top

    http://www.theguardian.com/film/filmblog/2015/dec/18/the-50-best-films-of-2015-in-the-us-no-1-son-of-saul

  11. jewishfilmfests says:

    Nine features will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 88th Academy Awards®. Eighty films had originally been considered in the category.

    Hungary, “Son of Saul,” László Nemes, director;

    https://www.oscars.org/news/9-foreign-language-films-advance-oscarr-race-1

  12. jewishfilmfests says:

    The 7 Boldest Risks Directors Took in Cinema This Year

    4. Shooting entirely in close-up….With “Son of Saul,” Nemes has created an unparalleled testament to the experience of Auschwitz that should be required viewing for every human being.
    http://www.indiewire.com/article/the-7-boldest-risks-directors-took-in-cinema-this-year-20151230

  13. jewishfilmfests says:

    Hungarians Denounce Oscar-Nominated ‘Son of Saul’ as ‘Jewish Propaganda’

    Some Hungarians have responded with anti-Semitic abuse to the news that “Son of Saul,” a film set during the Holocaust, directed by Laszlo Nemes, may win this year’s Academy Award for best foreign film. The film has already won the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival last summer and a Golden Globe this month, for its portrayal of a Hungarian-Jewish prisoner in Auschwitz who is trying to give a dignified burial to the body of a boy he believes is his son.

    http://www.jewishpress.com/news/hungarians-denounce-oscar-nominated-son-of-saul-as-jewish-propaganda/2016/01/18/

  14. jewishfilmfests says:

    The Most Haunted Leading Man

    The antithesis of nearly every Holocaust movie ever made, the Hungarian film Son of Saul is slim on happy endings. Directed by László Nemes, it tells the story of a member of the Sonderkommando, the Jews who ushered their co-religionists off the trains into the showers and who, after the gassings, cleared those showers out to ready them for the next batch of victims. Saul, portrayed by Géza Röhrig, is shaken out of his numbness and despair by the body of a child who survives the gassing and suddenly, amid the true-life rebellion of the Sonderkommando in October 1944, engages in his own form of resistance.

    http://www.tabletmag.com/podcasts/195698/the-most-haunted-leading-man

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