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Saul fia (2015)

R | | Drama, War | 11 June 2015 (Hungary)
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In the horror of 1944 Auschwitz, a prisoner forced to burn the corpses of his own people finds moral survival upon trying to salvage from the flames the body of a boy he takes for his son.

Director:

László Nemes (as Nemes László)

Writers:

László Nemes (as Nemes László), Clara Royer
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Géza Röhrig ... Saul Ausländer
Levente Molnár ... Abraham Warszawski
Urs Rechn ... Oberkapo Biederman
Todd Charmont Todd Charmont ... Bearded Prisoner
Jerzy Walczak Jerzy Walczak ... Rabbi Frankel
Gergö Farkas Gergö Farkas ... Saul's Son
Balázs Farkas Balázs Farkas ... Saul's Son
Sándor Zsótér ... Dr. Miklos Nyiszli
Marcin Czarnik ... Feigenbaum
Levente Orbán Levente Orbán ... Russian Prisoner
Kamil Dobrowolski Kamil Dobrowolski ... Mietek
Uwe Lauer ... Oberscharführer Voss
Christian Harting ... Oberscharführer Busch
Attila Fritz Attila Fritz ... Yankl (Young Prisoner)
Mihály Kormos ... Schlojme
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Storyline

Two days in the life of Saul Auslander, Hungarian prisoner working as a member of the Sonderkommando at one of the Auschwitz Crematoriums who, to bury the corpse of a boy he takes for his son, tries to carry out his impossible deed: salvage the body and find a rabbi to bury it. While the Sonderkommando is to be liquidated at any moment, Saul turns away of the living and their plans of rebellion to save the remains of a son he never took care of when he was still alive. Written by LaoKoon

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Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing violent content, and some graphic nudity. | See all certifications »

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Country:

Hungary

Release Date:

11 June 2015 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

El hijo de Saúl See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Budget:

HUF 280,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,930, 20 December 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,777,043

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,659,121
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Production designer László Rajk re-created the crematorium from the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp in an old warehouse near Budapest, Hungary. Other sources write that a 1930s former Soviet military base in Budapest was the main location. Scenes depicting the Polish rivers Vistula or Sola, where the ashes of the gassing victims of Auschwitz-Birkenau were dumped, were shot at the Danube river close to Budapest. See more »

Goofs

The short text at the beginning says, that the members of the 'Sonderkommando' were killed after 3 months, but this is a simplification of the more complicated history. While it's correct that these men were supposed to be killed and replaced after a few months, in some cases they were killed much earlier and in other rare cases they could survive for over 2 years, like Filip Müller. This depended mostly on the skills of the individual 'Sonderkommando' slave worker, who was sometimes needed by the SS to train the new 'Sonderkommando' members, but also on pure coincidence and luck. See more »

Quotes

Abraham Warszawski: You failed the living for the dead.
Saul Ausländer: We are dead already.
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Dream Faces
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Performed by Elizabeth Spencer
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Son of Saul (Saul fia)
10 November 2015 | by Cinefill1See all my reviews

-Son of Saul (Hungarian: Saul fia) is a 2015 Hungarian drama film directed by László Nemes. It was screened at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Grand Prix. It has also been selected to be shown in the Special Presentations section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.

--Critical reception: -Upon its release at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, the film was met with wide critical acclaim. In his review for The Guardian, Peter Bradshaw rated the film five out of five stars, calling it an "astonishing debut film" and "a horror movie of extraordinary focus and courage". He ended his review writing: "Nemes's film has found a way to create a fictional drama with a gaunt, fierce kind of courage – the kind of courage, perhaps, that it takes to watch it." -Writing for Time Out, Dave Calhoun also gave the film five out of five stars. Indiewire's Eric Kohn awarded the film an A- rating, calling it "a remarkable refashioning of the Holocaust drama that reignites the setting with extraordinary immediacy". -In his review written for The Hollywood Reporter, Boyd van Hoeij praised the cinematography and the soundwork of the film. He writes: "Shot (and shown in Cannes) on 35mm, often in sickly greens and yellows and with deep shadows, Erdely's cinematography is one of the film's major assets, but it wouldn't be half as effective without the soundwork, which plays a major role in suggesting what is happening around Saul, with audiences often forced to rely on the sound to imagine the whole, horrible picture." -Writing for The Film Stage, Giovanni Marchini Camia gave the film an A rating, and called it "a towering landmark for filmic fictionalizations of the Holocaust". -On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a 94% approval rating based on reviews from 34 critics, with an average rating of 8.7 out of 10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Grimly intense yet thoroughly rewarding, Son of Saul offers an unforgettable viewing experience -- and establishes director László Nemes as a talent to watch." -On Metacritic, the film has received a weighted average score of 91 out of 100 based on 10 critics, indicating "universal acclaim". -Claude Lanzmann, director of the documentary Shoah, lauded Nemes after seeing the film.


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