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Son of Saul

He left the living for the sake of the dead
A Jewish-Hungarian concentration camp prisoner sets out to give a child he mistook for his son a proper burial.
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.
Original title
Saul fia
English title
Son of Saul
Year
2015
Country
Language
HU, DE, RU
Subtitles
CZ
Running time
103 min
Genre

Festivals
National
Be2Can
International
Cannes

Awards

Cannes IFF
Grand Prize of the Jury
2015
Oscar
Best Foreigner Language Film
2016
Golden Globes
Best Foreign Language Film
2015

Media reception

Screen International
"A serious attempt to rethink the visual codes of depicting the atrocities of the Shoah.“
Variety
"Grim and unyielding a depiction of the Holocaust as has yet been made on that cinematically overworked subject.“

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