Hungary had cause for celebration as ‘Son of Saul’ took the Oscar for Best Foreign Langauge Film, a prize it also won at the Golden Globes.
In his acceptance speech director László Nemes Jeles
made clear the project was more than just his:
“I want to share this with Géza Röhrig, my main actor, and the incredible casting crew that believed in this project when no one else did.”
‘Son of Saul’ follows the story of Saul Auslander, a Hungarian Jewish prisoner forced burn the bodies of his own people in the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.
He finds redemption by salvaging the body of a young boy from the flames and trying to arrange a proper Jewish funeral for him.
“That many people are talking about this film is important because now so many more people are hearing about it,” said the film’s Directory of Photography, Mátyás Erdély, after the Golden Globes ceremony. “That’s the essence. If all the publicity surrounding it means people who wouldn’t normally have thought of going to see the film before, now go and see it, then that’s what’s important. That’s what all this is publicity is good for.”
‘Son of Saul’ has been described as a work of remarkable power and a chilling investigation into the intimate mechanics of mass murder.