Son of Saul follows two days in the life of Saul Auslander (Géza Röhrig) during the Sonderkommandos uprising in Auschwitz-Birkenau, October 1944. The Hungarian prisoner works as a member of a selective group of Jewish male prisoners, called the Sonderkommando, who were picked for their youth and good health so they could dispose of corpses from the gas chambers.
Upon learning of the Germans intentions to gas them, the Sonderkommando begin to plan their revolt. At the same time, Saul comes upon the body of a boy whom he believes to be his son, propelling him into carrying out an impossible task: to salvage this boys body and find a rabbi to bury him.
Filmed entirely using a 40mm hand-held camera, director László Nemes puts you literally up close and personal with Saul. The result is a highly intimate and personal portrayal of one mans perspective as he experiences the atrocities of Auschwitz.
This film has been praised by Dario Gabbi, the last known survivor of the Sonderkommando, as well as 1986 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Elie Wiesel (-2016), as well as many others:
“A stunning, excoriating Holocaust drama” – The Guardian
“A terrifyingly accomplished first feature for 38-year-old Hungarian writer-director László Nemes” – Variety
Don’t miss Son of Saul, airing Friday 11 November 8.30pm – part of WM Storytellers: 30 Films From Across the Globe, 8.30pm every night in November.