2015 Cannes Grand Prix, FIPRESCI Prize, François Chalais Prize, Vulcan Prize for Sound
One of the most disturbing and unforgettable films of Cannes 2015, Son of Saul is not your typical Holocaust film. The plot unfolds in October 1944, over two days in the life of Saul Ausländer. Saul is a member of the Sonderkommando–Jewish prisoners forced to assist the Nazis at the Auschwitz extermination camp. When Saul discovers the corpse of a boy in one of the crematoriums, he decides to carry out an impossible task: save the child’s body from the flames, offer the boy a proper burial. Hungary’s submission for the 2016 Oscars, Son of Saul offers an extraordinary look at evil.