Cannes 2015. – Grand Prix du Jury , FIPRESCI Prize
Toronto, Hamburg, London, Sarajevo
Original title: Saul fia
Directed by: László Nemes
Written by: László Nemes, Clara Royer
Cast: Géza Röhrig, Levente Molnár, Urs Rechn
Production country: Hungary
Language: Hungarian, Yiddish
Runtime: 107 min.
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 corpse 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.
“Our aim was to take an entirely different path from the usual approach of historical dramas, their gigantic scope and multi-point of view narration. This film does not tell the story of the Holocaust, but the simple story of one man caught in a dreadful situation, in a limited framework of space and time“. (László Nemes)