László Nemes’ grueling Holocaust drama “Son of Saul” has been building awards momentum ever since blowing audiences away at its Cannes Film Festival premiere earlier this year. The drama won the Grand Prix du Jury award and the FIPRESCI Prize at the prestigious festival, before going on to earn even more critical acclaim at Telluride and TIFF. To cap it off, “Son of Saul” is also Hungary’s official Oscar selection for Best Foreign Language Film this year.
In the film, Géza Röhrig plays Saul Ausländer, a Hungarian-Jewish prisoner in Auschwitz who works as a Sonderkommando member, burning the dead. After coming across the body of a boy he takes for his son, he goes about a risky plan to memorialize his child in the midst of a prisoner rebellion. In the midst of bringing the film to TIFF, Nemes sat down with Indiewire Chief Film Critic Eric Kohn to discuss the sensitive topic of the Holocaust and why he had to shoot on film.
Check out the highlights from the “Son of Saul” TIFF Talk, starting with the reason Nemes believes his film is a unique Holocaust movie in the video above.
Nemes on Deciding to Tackle the “Holocaust Genre”
Nemes on the Unorthodox Screenwriting Process
Nemes on Why “Son of Saul” Had to Be Shot On Film
Nemes on the Aesthetics of Isolation
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