If you’ve been following the Hollywood Awards season, whether it be the Golden Globes or the Oscars, you would have seen a movie getting plenty of recognition and critical praise, but it’s probably something you’ve never even heard of before, much less actually seen. That movie is Son of Saul, a Hungarian Holocaust drama that has already snapped up the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film, and is by far the favourite to repeat that honour at the Oscars in a couple of weeks.
But what is Son of Saul? Well, up until yesterday I couldn’t actually answer that question myself. But luckily, in the wake of the film’s Oscar nomination and subsequent international recognition, a new trailer for the harrowing film has just been dropped. And if reviews are to be believed, this is just the tiniest sample of this grueling story, the intense performance from lead Géza Röhrig and the jaw-dropping, technically masterful cinematography that totally belie the newbie status of debut director László Nemes.
Check it out below, along with the film’s official synopsis.
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 body 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.
Son of Saul is currently playing in a very limited release internationally, so chances are slim that we’ll see it here locally, but I’m definitely going to keep an ear to the ground for this one just in case.
Last Updated: January 21, 2016