László Nemes, Hungary, 2015, 107'
Director: László Nemes
Music: László Melis
Cast: Géza Röhrig, Levente Molnár, Urs Rechn, Todd Charmont, Jerzy Walczak, Sándor Zsótér, Marcin Czarnik, Amitai Kedar, Attila Fritz, Kamil Dobrowolski, Uwe Lauer, Christian Harting, Juli Jakab
Editing: Matthieu Taponier
Producers: Gábor Rajna, Gábor Sipos
Production and Design : László Rajk
Production: Laokoon Filmgroup, Hungarian Film Fund, Laokoon Film Arts
Saul Ausländer, Hungarian-Jewish, works as a member of Sonderkommando group in concentration camp Auschwitz. Task of this group is to burn the bodies. One day, he comes across a body of a boy he takes for his son and tries to carry out the impossible – to salvage his body and to find a rabbi to bury it. In the meantime, other members of the group learn about the imminent plan of their extermination, rise up and destroy the crematorium. On the other side, Saul stays focused on his plan to pay the last honours to a son he never could take care of before.
Nemes was born in Budapest, but he grew up in Paris. He got interested in filmmaking at an early stage when he first made horror movies in the basement of his Paris home. After directing his first short film With a little patience, he moved to New York to study film directing. He wrote the script for the Son of Saul in collaboration with Clara Royer in September 2011, during his five months long stay in Paris.