Son of Saul (Saul Fia)


Rafael 1 Sun, Oct 11, 2015 4:00 PM
Rafael 1 Mon, Oct 12, 2015 5:15 PM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Mind the Gap
Running Time:107 min
Director:László Nemes
Producer:Gabor Sipos
Gabor Rajna
Screenwriter:László Nemes
Clara Royer
Cinematographer:Mátyás Erdely
Editor:Matthieu Taponier
Cast:Géza Röhrig
Levente Molnar
Urs Rechn
Todd Charmont
Sándor Zsoter
Marcin Czarnik
Print Source:Sony Pictures Classics
Note Writer:Ilya Tovbis


Saul works quickly in the surrounding din of Nazi machinery; stern, clipped German commands; and a cacophony of Eastern European languages. A Sonderkommando, he is a Jewish prisoner tasked with scurrying through fleshy piles of corpses, preparing them for incineration, pulling out gold teeth, and rifling through belongings to extract anything of value. He performs these odious tasks with a chilling precision animated by the base need to surviveanother moment, another day. While the others in the unit plot a rebellion, Saul becomes preoccupied with a new task: Spotting a young boy’s body he believes to be his son’s, he sets out to arrange a proper Jewish funeral, complete with a rabbi to read the mourner’s Kaddish. Director László Nemes’ astonishing feature film debut won Cannes’ Grand Prix and was among the most talked about films in the festival, a dark courageous drama that nevertheless celebrates the human spirit in the face of daunting circumstance.

With support from:

Co-Presented by Kanbar Center for the Performing Arts at the Osher Marin JCC

Additional Information

László Nemes was born in 1977 in Budapest, Hungary. After studying history, international relations, and screenwriting in Paris, he started working as an assistant director in France and Hungary on short and feature films. For two years, he worked as Béla Tarr’s assistant and subsequently studied film directing in New York. Son of Saul is his first feature.