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11 June 2015 (Hungary) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 67 wins & 44 nominations See more »
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The Gifts of László Nemes and Géza Röhrig See more (108 total) »

Cast

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Géza Röhrig ... Saul Ausländer

Levente Molnár ... Abraham Warszawski

Urs Rechn ... Oberkapo Biederman

Todd Charmont ... Bearded Prisoner
Jerzy Walczak ... Rabbi Frankel
Gergö Farkas ... Saul's Son
Balázs Farkas ... Saul's Son
Sándor Zsótér ... Dr. Miklos Nyiszli

Marcin Czarnik ... Feigenbaum
Levente Orbán ... Russian Prisoner
Kamil Dobrowolski ... Mietek

Uwe Lauer ... Oberscharführer Voss

Christian Harting ... Oberscharführer Busch
Attila Fritz ... Yankl (Young Prisoner)

Mihály Kormos ... Schlojme
Márton Ágh ... Apikoyres (Greek Rabbi)

Amitai Kedar ... Hirsch (Gold Collector)
István Pion ... Katz

Juli Jakab ... Ella
Tamás Polgár ... Landesman
Rozi Székely ... Female Kapo
Erno Fekete ... SS Doctor
László Somorjai ... Old Rabbi
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Zsolt Alkay ... Soldier
Sandor Altmann
Bálint Bagladi ... Soldier
Norbert Bagladi ... Soldier
Tamás Bakó ... Movement artist
Zoltán Bathó ... Soldier
Gyula Berger ... Movement artist
Anna Biczók ... Movement artist
Arnaud Blondel ... Movement artist
János Tibor Boldizsár
Gábor Bora ... Movement artist
Tamás Brán ... Soldier
Mendy Cahan ... Sonderkommando Member
Marcio Canabarro ... Movement artist
Gyula Cserepes ... Movement artist
Zoltán Cservák
Márton Csuzi ... Movement Artist
Eszter Csépai ... Young girl in female barrack
Emese Cuhorka ... Movement artist
Márton Debreczeni ... Movement artist
Dániel Dragos ... Movement artist
Viktória Dányi ... Movement artist
Judit Dömötör ... Movement artist
Bea Egyed ... Movement artist
Péter Fancsikai
Bence Farkas ... Soldier
Dávid Fodor
Péter Forgács ... Soldier
Csaba Formanek

Björn Freiberg ... Extra
Júlia Garai ... Movement artist
János György
Judit Gál
Júlia Hadi ... Movement artist
Tamás Herczeg
Nóra Horváth ... Movement artist
Heléna Hrotkó ... Movement artist

András Jeles
András Kauderer ... Soldier
Éva Kelényi
Bálint Kenyeres
Tamás Kiss
Gábor Klaus ... Soldier
Péter Kocsis ... Soldier
Fotisz Kollátosz
Anett Kormos
Kálmán Kovács
Márk Kovács ... Soldier
Oszkár Kovácsovich ... Soldier
Csaba Krisztik
Krisztián Kálmán ... Soldier
Péter Kõszegi
László Laskay
Gergely Lörincz ... Soldier
András Meszerics ... Movement artist
Alex Miklósy ... Movement artist
Vaszilisz Mitropulosz
Gábor Molnár Opti
Csaba Molnár ... Movement artist
Gábor Molnár
Zoltán Mózes ... Movement artist
Patrik Nádas
Zoltán Nádasi ... Soldier
Ákos Orosz
Zoltán Perovics
Sándor Petrovics ... Movement artist

Tom Pilath ... SS Officer
István Péntek ... Soldier
Tamás Pénzes ... Soldier
Linda Péter ... Movement artist
Gábor Póczik
László Quitt
István Rubóczky ... Soldier
Mátyás Ruzsom ... Movement artist
Gábor Rénes ... Soldier
András Réthelyi ... Movement artist
Béla Sebestyén
Péter Selyebi
Tamás Steinberger
Dmitrij Szabanyin ... Soldier
Kata Szilágyi ... Movement artist
Krisztián Szilágyi ... Movement artist
Balázs Szitás
Dániel Szász ... Movement artist
István János Takács ... Soldier
Péter Takátsy ... Soldier
Laura Tóth ... Movement artist
Kristóf Töröcsik
Boglárka Varga ... Movement artist
Csaba Varga ... Movement artist
Norbert Varga
Viktória Varga ... Movement artist
Sándor Viglász
Melinda Virág ... Movement artist
János Vozár
Krisztián Vranik
Marcell Wrochna

Directed by
László Nemes  (as Nemes László)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
László Nemes  (as Nemes László)
Clara Royer 

Produced by
Krisztina Pintér .... line producer
Gábor Rajna .... producer
Gábor Sipos .... producer
Judit Stalter .... executive producer
Robert Vamos .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
László Melis  (as Melis László)
 
Cinematography by
Mátyás Erdély 
 
Film Editing by
Matthieu Taponier 
 
Casting by
Éva Zabezsinszkij 
 
Production Design by
László Rajk 
 
Art Direction by
Hedvig Kiraly (stand-by art director)
 
Set Decoration by
Dorka Kiss 
Judit Varga 
 
Costume Design by
Edit Szücs 
 
Makeup Department
Liliána Berkeczi .... daily makeup and hair
Viktória Csatári .... makeup artist
Edit Czinege .... dental prosthetics
Krisztina Fehér .... hair stylist
Erzsébet Forgács .... makeup department head
Szandra Gerö .... daily makeup and hair
Kornél Hidas .... assistant hair stylist
Balázs Krisztina .... makeup artist
Kinga Lesti .... makeup artist
Kovácsné Lesti Linda .... daily makeup and hair
Mariann Molnár .... key hair stylist
Berek Móni .... daily makeup and hair
Attila Tamás .... assistant makeup artist
 
Production Management
Eszter Gargyan .... unit manager
Gábor Hajdók .... post-production supervisor
Veronika Nemes-Jeles .... production manager: pre-production (as Veronika Nemes Jeles)
Gábor Szántó .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Agnes Eckert .... additional third assistant director
Edina Galgocz .... second assistant director
Zoltán Gyovai .... co-first assistant director
István Kolos .... first assistant director
Ádám Kolos .... additional third assistant director
Levente Kriston .... assistant director trainee
Zsolt Makrai .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
Szabolcs Alb .... swing gang
Gábor Bende .... buyer
Norbert Alte Fieszl .... set dresser
László Filcsik .... standby props 2
Tamás Fuchs .... painter
Sándor Fényi .... standby props 1
Arnold Gerhát .... set dresser
Boglarka Horvath .... painter
Béla Hódos .... swing gang
József Kiss .... construction manager
Kata Kiss .... assistant set decorator
Károly Körmöczi .... previs artis
Zsófia Manninger .... buyer
Balázs Mezei .... swing gang
Arnold Mincu .... swing gang
Tamás Mókos .... swing gang
Mercédesz Nagy .... helper
'kkein' Fieszl Norbert .... set dresser
Zsuzsanna Rebeka Pál .... title and end credit designer
Zsuzsa Sverteczki .... assistant set decorator
Tibor Szabó .... painter
Zoltán Sípos .... swing gang
Tokaji Zoltán .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Tamás Beke .... foley artist
Sámuel Csóka .... boom operator
Tamás Dévényi .... production soundmixer
Szabolcs Gáspár .... second boom operator
András Kálmán .... final mixing - studio manager
Nándor Szirtes .... second boom operator
Tamás Székely .... sound editor
Tamás Zányi .... sound designer
Lajos Érsek .... assistant sound editor: dialogue and adr
 
Special Effects by
Gergely Csóri .... daily sfx technician
Attila Erczkovi .... special effects technician
Gyula Krasnyánszky .... pyro supervisor
Norbert Orosz .... daily sfx technician
Barnabás Princz .... special effects supervisor
Szabolcs Princz .... special effects coordinator
Attila Vásári .... special effects technician
 
Stunts
Zoltán Gulyás Kiss .... stunt coordinator
Gergõ Hajdú .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Gergely Csepregi .... first assistant camera
Gellért Drávucz .... central loader
Zoltán Dzsupin .... second assist camera
László Egyedi .... grip
Szabolcs Galgóczi .... best boy
Demkó Gábor .... video operator
Claudia Kovács .... camera operator-rehearsals
Tibor Kun .... electrician
Zoltán Lovasi .... camera operator
Viktor Racsek .... rigger gaffer
György Réder .... camera operator
Zoltán Sallai .... video assist/camera crew (video segments)
Bálint Seress .... underwater assistant camera
Kittrich Zoltán .... electrician (as Zoltán Kittrich)
 
Casting Department
Mária Boross .... additional casting (as Mária Boros)
Orit Fouks .... casting assistant: Israel
Benjamin Freidenberg .... casting director: Israel
Eszter Kemény .... casting trainee
Márta Liener .... extras casting
Dániel Mertz .... extras coordinator
Dániel Rosenfeld .... additional casting
Ede Starsky .... casting coordinator
Timea Varkonyi .... additional casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tünde Bényei .... ager/breakdown artist
Emese Pirityi .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Éva Haraszin .... post-production coordinator
Hanga Janovszki .... post-production coordinator
László Kovács .... colorist
László Kovács .... telecine colorist
Réka Kukai .... post-production coordinator
László Machovits .... digital intermediate technician
János Polyák .... scanning operator
Viola Regéczy .... color timer
Anna Vághy .... assistant editor
 
Location Management
Márton Bornyi .... locations scout
Tamás Pejkó .... location manager
Tamás Pejkó .... locations scout
 
Music Department
Eszter Krulik .... musician: violin
 
Transportation Department
Zoltán Kovács .... transportation
Dániel Szokolay .... transportation
Gyorgy Szollosi .... driver: cast
Géza Szupp .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Zsuzsanna Barna .... production secretary
Felix Bender .... adr actor
Mendy Cahan .... dialog coach: yiddish
Mendy Cahan .... expert: yiddish
Mendy Cahan .... translator: dialogue
Mendy Cahan .... translator: yiddish
Dávid Csóka .... lawyer
Elie Elbaz .... script consultant
András Fodor .... production accountant
Dániel Fuhl .... adr actor
Ágoston Félegyházy Megyesy .... health & safety supervisor
Marcus Hammerstein .... adr actor
Christoph Hanz .... adr actor
Krisztina Hegyi .... medical coordinator
Melissa Herman .... adr actor
István Hevesi .... director's assistant
Adrienn Hód .... choreographer
Felicián Keresztes .... unit manager assistant (as Felícián Keresztes)
Viki Réka Kiss .... production coordinator
Balázs Krasznahorkai .... assistant to the director
Matthias Kräusslein .... adr actor
Slomó Köves .... consultant: religion
Jean-François Laplénie .... translator: dialogue
Uwe Lauer .... german dialogue
Mario Locurcio .... italian publicist
Julia Maspero .... history research
Orsolya Mirgay .... production secretary (as Orsolya Migray)
Zoltan Nagy .... logistics coordinator
Ádám Názer .... unit manager assistant
Sergej Onopko .... adr actor
Elena Ourjoumtseva .... translator: dialogue
Janos Prihoda .... immigration advisor
Allen Lewis Rickman .... consultant: yiddish
Karsten Schleifring .... adr actor
Gaetan Stawinoga .... adr actor
Gabriella Ságodi .... speech coach: Saul
Matthieu Taponier .... script consultant
István Varga .... advisor: military
István Varga .... military advisor
Árpád Vass .... stage assistant
Orsolya Vercz .... script supervisor
Dóra Anna Veress .... production accountant assistant
George Vince .... adr actor
Zoltán Vági .... advisor: history
Zoltán Vági .... historical advisor
Marcell Wrochna .... interpreter: Polish
Gábor Xantus .... medic: supervisor
Éva Zabezsinszkij .... hungarian dialogue
Alexey Zelensky .... adr actor
 
Thanks
Peter O. Almond .... special thanks
Lili Aschoff .... special thanks
Georges Goldenstern .... special thanks
Joanna Jurewicz .... special thanks
Charlotte Krebs .... special thanks
Uwe Lauer .... special thanks
Emil Weiss .... special thanks
Riina Sporring Zachariassen .... special thanks
 

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Also Known As:
"Saul fia" - Hungary (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for disturbing violent content, and some graphic nudity.
Runtime:
107 min
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Trivia:
Shot in the now unusual Academy aspect ratio of 1.375:1 to achieve a portrait-like narrow field of vision and to be close to the aspect ratio used in the 40s.See more »
Quotes:
Saul Ausländer:Rabbi, Help me bury a body.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in 73rd Golden Globe Awards (2016) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Dream FacesSee more »

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103 out of 145 people found the following review useful.
The Gifts of László Nemes and Géza Röhrig, 5 October 2015
Author: Clayton Davis ([email protected]) from New Jersey

We simply don't deserve László Nemes, the first-time writer/director of Hungary's submission for the Oscar's Foreign Language category, "Son of Saul." Nemes vacuums everything we think we know about filmmaking and the Holocaust, and gives it a raw, intense, and fresh outlook that we haven't seen since Roman Polanski's "The Pianist," perhaps even Steven Spielberg's "Schindler's List." Not to mention, he is thoroughly aided and indebted to the stunning and remarkable talent of Géza Röhrig, in his feature debut. The two simply dance circles around other films and performances seen in this year, with an authentic and genuine approach to art, that we just don't get to experience too often. I'm in awe.

"Son of Saul" tells the story of Saul Ausländer, 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. In October 1944, Saul discovers the corpse of a boy he takes for his son. As the Sonderkomando plans a rebellion, Saul decides to carry out an impossible task.

Its direction like Nemes that should make the world very optimistic about the future of cinema. If we have filmmakers like him, getting in the trenches of history and the human spirit, and beckoning its awakening into our souls, we should be so lucky to have him display the beauty and evil of the world in such a provocative and engaging manner. His choices in which to shoot the film, and portray one of the most heinous acts in the history of our existence is just downright scintillating. "Son of Saul" plays as if we're watching a disturbing, noxious, and depraved home movie about a time in which we never want to see. From a near first-person perspective, we enter the revolting world of Auschwitz-Birkenau. He uses out of focus camera work, to not bath in the bloodshed, but wallow in the psyche of a man, that is desperate for purpose. It's the single best direction of the year. I'd go so far to say this could be the single best direction seen this decade. His script, along with co- writer Clara Royer, is so painstakingly simple but echoes decades of oppression in its short, respectful run time.

Don't call him a "poet by profession" because newcomer Géza Röhrig doesn't believe in the word profession. There's only artists. Géza Röhrig is an artist, of which I haven't seen in some time. With little words, he says countless and devastating things about what he's feeling and what we know about ourselves. He doesn't use cheap tricks to engage the audiences like "really intense face" or "really scared moving." Röhrig displays the numb, almost disengaged weight of the world in every physical and vocal movement he chooses to exhibit. It's a flawless, masterful performance that we need more of in this cinematic world.

Cinematographer Mátyás Erdély is your next great craftsman to watch, even though making his mark on films like "The Quiet Ones" and "Miss Bala." He frames close-ups that Danny Cohen himself, would hope to achieve in his next collaboration with Tom Hooper. He stays with a person, a scene, a moment, so intelligently, and so vibrantly, he places each one of us in the rooms, full of fear, and full of hopelessness. The subtle yet effective music by László Melis is sonorous but the Sound team is what really needs their praise. Tamás Dévényi (Production Soundmixer), Tamás Székely (Sound Editor), and Tamás Zányi (Sound Designer) create monstrous and dynamic effects that essentially become its own focal point of the story. We are listening intently, desperately, and just fearful at every nick, boom, and cry we come in contact with. It's something everyone should and will notice and applaud.

"Son of Saul" sneaks up on you. It's too important and critical to our cinematic landscape to overlooked or forgotten. I can't imagine a more dour and sullen experience this year that fills my heart with this much adoration. It stands toe-to-toe with most Holocaust films created in and before my lifetime. It may be the definitive one this millennium.

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