László Nemes’ stunning debut feature takes its title from central character Saul, a Hungarian-Jewish prisoner at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp who, in his job as a Sonderkommando, is forced to assist in the grisly day-to-day management of mass exterminations.
When Saul witnesses a young boy briefly surviving the gas chamber, he becomes determined to give the child a proper Jewish burial. First-time actor Géza Röhrig provides the focal point for the film as Saul – the camera rarely strays from his character while he negotiates the intricate workings of the camp in an attempt to carry out this dangerous quest.
One of the most talked-about films of the last year, this is an extraordinary, gripping and powerful piece of work.
Winner: Jury Grand Prix, Cannes Film Festival 2015
Winner: FIPRESCI Prize, Cannes Film Festival 2015
Winner: Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language, Golden Globes 2016
By any standards, this would be an outstanding film, but for a debut it is remarkable. – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
★★★★★ The Irish Times
★★★★★ The Guardian
Director: László Nemes
Running Time: 107 minutes
Cast: Géza Röhrig, Levente Molnár, Urs Rechn