Winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Grand Prix at Cannes 2015 and a Golden Globe, Son of Saul is Hungarian director László Nemes’ blistering debut feature; a courageous and unflinching reimagining of the Holocaust drama.
Saul Ausländer is a member of the Sonderkommando, the Jewish prisoners forced to assist in the machinery of the Nazi concentration camps. While at work, he discovers the body of a boy he recognises as his son. As the Sonderkommando plan a rebellion, Saul vows to carry out an impossible task: to save the child's body from the flames and to find a rabbi to recite the mourner’s Kaddish and offer the boy a proper burial.
Anchored by a riveting and intensely brave performance from newcomer Géza Röhrig, Son of Saul is a remarkable exploration of one of humanity’s darkest moments. Visceral, gripping and immensely powerful, it is one of the boldest and most remarkable debut features in recent memory and is already being heralded as a masterpiece of world cinema.
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The Irish Times
Meticulously organised in its portrayal of dehumanisation and moral chaos, László Nemes Oscar-winner is almost beyond compare.