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Films Distribution, which sold Nemes’ harrowing Holocaust drama “Son of Saul” worldwide to major distributors, including in North America to Sony Pictures Classics, is back on board to co-produce “Sunset” on top of handling international sales.
A coming-of-age drama set in 1910 Budapest, “Sunset” tells the tale of a girl who matures into a strong and fearless young woman. While the plot remains under wraps, Nicolas Brigaud-Robert said the project was highly promising since its plot will essentially revolve around a woman’s journey and will deliver a portrait of the rapidly-changing, cosmopolitan city of Budapest right before the outbreak of World War I.
- Elsa Keslassy
Cashing in on the Oscar spoils, Open Road took Spotlight out to its widest reach since opening in November. The Best Picture winner did a pretty good job in more than 1,200 theaters grossing $1.83M. Sony Classics added 29 locations for its Best Foreign Picture winner Son Of Saul. And among openers, Broad Green Pictures bowed Terrence Malick's latest film, Knight Of Cups with Christian Bale and a long list of stars. The film had the weekend's second best per theater… »
The visceral Holocaust drama “Son of Saul” has won the Oscar for best foreign language film at the 88th Academy Awards — the second Oscar winner for Hungary.
“Even in the darkest hours, there might be a voice within us that allows us to remain human,” a deeply moved László Nemes said in his acceptance. “That is the hope of this film.”
“Son of Saul,” co-written by Nemes and Clara Royer, is set in the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II. It stars Géza Röhrig as a member of the prisoner detail forced to aid with the disposal of gas chamber victims.
“Thanks to the Academy for this incredible honor,” Nemes said at the start of his speech. “Thank you to Sony Pictures Classics, Tom Bernard, Michael Barker for supporting us. Thanks to Hungary for funding this film. I want to share this with Geza Rohrig, my main actor, and »
- Dave McNary
There are two types of films that allow or force the viewer to be entirely consumed by what they are watching and simply experience what is happening on screen. The first, and most obvious, type is the formulaic action film or comedy; the types of films that require very little, if any, effort to watch. The second type, however, is so immersive that you simply cannot think, despite the plethora of ideas raised by whatever unfolds. László Nemes’ Son of Saul (Saul fia) is a prime example of the latter.
Throughout the film, we (literally) follow Saul (Géza Röhrig), a Hungarian prisoner in Auschwitz who is forced to work in the gas chambers as a Sonderkommando. When he discovers the still-alive body of a boy whom he believes to be his son, he goes on a sort of haunting Odyssey throughout the camp looking for a rabbi to perform the proper burial for the boy. »
- Rocco Tenaglia
Géza Röhrig: "This is kind of when my childhood was over." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
László Nemes' trenchant Son Of Saul (Saul Fia), co-written with Clara Royer, cinematography by Mátyás Erdély, sound design Tamás Zányi and an unforgettably unsettling performance by Géza Röhrig as Saul Ausländer, clothed by Edit Szücs, today received an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. Deniz Gamze Ergüven's Mustang, Naji Abu Nowar's Theeb, Ciro Guerra's Embrace Of The Serpent and Tobias Lindholm's A War were also honoured.
Son Of Saul director László Nemes at the New York Film Festival Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
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- Anne-Katrin Titze
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