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Son of Saul at BFI London Film Festival




Saturday 10 October 2015, 8:45pm
VUE Screen 7
3 Cranbourn St, Leicester Square, WC2H 7AL
Saturday 10 October 2015, 9:15pm
VUE Screen 5
3 Cranbourn St, Leicester Square, WC2H 7AL
Sunday 11 October 2015, 1:30pm
Curzon Soho
99 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 5DY


The 59th BFI London Film Festival presents
The Cannes award winning Hungarian film


Son of Saul, directed by László Nemes (2015)

Son of Saul (Saul fia), a compelling Holocaust drama, directed by László Nemes, and featuring Géza Röhrig, who makes his screen debut in this film.

Son of Saul has won the Grand Prix at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and the FIPRESCI Prize in the main competition section. The film also won the François Chalais Prize and the Vulcan Award. In June 2015 Son of Saul was announced to be Hungary's submission for the 2016 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Saul stares

The drama is set in early October 1944. Saul Ausländer (Géza Röhrig), a Hungarian-Jewish prisoner in Auschwitz works as a Sonderkommando member, burning the dead. One day he finds the body of a boy he takes for his son. He tries to salvage the body from the flames and finds a rabbi to arrange a clandestine burial. Meanwhile other members of the Sonderkommando learn about their impending extermination, rise up and destroy the crematorium. Saul keeps focused on his own plan to pay the last honours to a son he could never take care of before.

László Nemes (born in 1977) is a Hungarian film director and screenwriter. Although Nemes was born in Budapest, he grew up in Paris. He is the son of film director András Jeles. He got interested in filmmaking at an early age, when he made horror films in the basement of their Paris home. After studying History, International Relations and Screenwriting, he started working as an assistant director in France and Hungary on short and feature films. For two years, he worked as Béla Tarr's assistant. After directing his first 35-mm short film, With a Little Patience, he moved to New York to study film directing. From September 2011, he spent five months in Paris as part of a scholarship program arranged by the Cinéfondation, where in collaboration with Clara Royer, he developed the script for Son of Saul.

The BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express® will run its 59th edition from 7-18 October 2015 at venues across the UK capital. Under the leadership of BFI's Head of Cinemas and Festivals, Clare Stewart, the LFF continues to build on the success of its recent editions with 2014 enjoying its biggest ever audience turn out with 163,000 festival goers – an increase of 7.5% on the previous year. The Festival benefits from both the deep cultural heritage of the BFI and the strength of the UK market (the world's third largest market for film) as well as the desirability of the capital as a premiere location with its iconic Leicester Square cinemas and the cultural hub of the BFI Southbank.

For further information please visit  the BFI London Film Festival website.


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