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Saul fia (Son of Saul)
dir. László Nemes
Hungary, 2015, 107 minutes
Hungarian, with English sub-titles

30th European Union Film Festival
ByTowne Cinema, Friday, December 4, 2015, 9:15 pm
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. Stylistically breathtaking, SAUL was the talk of this year's Cannes Film Festival. Say the critics: “A terrifyingly accomplished first feature for 38-year-old Hungarian writer-director Laszlo Nemes” Justin Chang (Variety); “SON OF SAUL does something remarkable: It finds an original way to look at the Holocaust cinematically, bringing a startling energy and a fresh look to a subject already explored countless times onscreen.” Steve Pond (The Wrap). Winner: 2015 Cannes Film Festival’s Grand Prix; Hungary’s Official Selection for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. An astonishing film.