Hungarian World War II drama following the horror one Jewish prisoner experiences when forced to assist the Nazis in burning his own people, but attempts salvation when he finds his (supposed) son’s body. Winner of the Grand Prize of the Jury award at Cannes and nominated for the Palme d’Or.
October 1944, Auschwitz-Birkenau. Saul Ausländer is a Hungarian member of the Sonderkommando, the group of Jewish prisoners isolated from the camp and forced to assist the Nazis in the machinery of large-scale extermination. While working in one of the crematoriums, Saul discovers the body of a boy he takes for his son. As the Sonderkommando plans a rebellion, Saul decides to carry out an impossible task: save the child’s body from the flames, find a rabbi to recite the mourner’s Kaddish and offer the boy a proper burial.
Best Foreign Language Film at the 2017 BAFTAs, 2016 Academy Awards and Golden Globes; Grand Prize of the Jury, Cannes 2015
2015Rating: R16, Violence, cruelty & content may disturb122 minsHungaryHungarian, Yiddish, German and Polish with English subtitles
The horror of the Holocaust has been cinematically depicted more times than the horror of Freddy, Jason, and sharks combined. How can a film possibly stand out in an emotionally challenging area that also feels overcrowded? Son of Saul finds a way.