Hungary has selected “Son of Saul” as its submission for the 2016 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. Variety suspects that the Holocaust thriller, which nabbed the Cannes Grand Jury Prize from the Coen brothers, is the first foreign film to be sent thus far.
It was unusual to see a film from a first-timer in the Cannes competition lineup; however, director Laszlo Nemes was an assistant to beloved fellow countryman Bela Tarr, never Oscar-nominated but up for the Palme in 2007 for “The Man From London.”
The hard-hitting “Son of Saul” takes a rigorous point-of-view on the Holocaust, showing us the horrors through the blinkered lens of a concentration camp inmate who is forced to help with the mass slaughter of Jews. The movie is deeply moving and boasts amazing sound design (for which it also won a Cannes award). Sony Pictures Classics won the festival bidding war. Expect to see the film on the Fall fest circuit ahead of SPC’s imminent release.
Last year, Hungary submitted “White God” for the foreign Academy Award, though the film failed to land a nomination.