Keswick Film Club - Son Of Saul

You are viewing the old version of our website.

Please visit our current website for all the latest information.

Sunday 9th October 5:00 PM

Son Of Saul 

Director: László Nemes Country: Hungary
Cert: 15 Year: 2015 Length: 107 mins Language: Hungarian/Multiple
Son Of Saul

Programme Notes

Cinema Handout (PDF 87KB)

Audience Reaction

Score: 84.82% Attendance: 103




The winner of the Oscar for Best Foreign Film 2016, this is powerful cinema at its best. We are inside Auschwitz, alongside Saul, a Sonderkommando - a privileged prisoner who helps to control the rest - when he thinks he has found his dead son. He cannot rest until he has found a rabbi to carry out a proper Jewish burial.

In case you think there is nothing more to be said about the horrors of the Holocaust, or that it has been gone over too often, think again; "The single-minded power and visceral immediacy of Nemes's achievement, rightly acclaimed and awarded, prove otherwise" - Philip Kemp, Sight & Sound. Eschewing the normal visual horrors of the camps, first-time director László Nemes places his camera to show only what Saul sees, or directly in the face of Saul so that we follow his reactions to the hell around him, to the hell that he is part of by helping the Nazis for his own survival: we become Saul ourselves. Much of the 'action' around us is on the edge of the screen, or the sounds we hear (as the gas chamber door slams...)

"Yet even as our eyes are turned away from the abyss, an incessant soundtrack of screams, barks, orders, gunshots, cries and whispers evokes a cataclysmic landscape of evil unbound. The effect is utterly overpowering" - Mark Kermode, Guardian.

Saul's attempt to find a rabbi also risks a planned uprising by the other Sonderkommandos; he is putting the soul of the dead ahead of the lives of the living. "We will die because of you", one tells him, to which Saul replies: "We are already dead." "Yet, unthinkable as it seems, there is a glimmer of light in this appalling darkness, infinitesimal yet inextinguishable. Ultimately, it is that glimmer that makes Son of Saul so traumatic. Days after watching it I remain haunted by Saul's face, his skin covered in the ashes of the dead, his eyes alert with anxiety and anguish, a recognisable trace of humanity in a world beyond belief" - Mark Kermode, Guardian.



comments powered by Disqus

Find A Film

Search over 1325 films in the Keswick Film Club archive.

Film Festival

Festival Logo

27 Feb - 1 Mar 2020


KFC is friends with Caldbeck Area Film Society and Brampton Film Club and members share benefits across all organisations


Keswick Film Club won the Best New Film Society at the British Federation Of Film Societies awards in 2000.

Since then, the club has won Film Society Of The Year and awards for Best Programme four times and Best Website twice.

We have also received numerous Distinctions and Commendations in categories including marketing, programming and website.

Talking Pictures Talking Pictures The KFC Newsletter
Links Explore the internet with Keswick Film Club
Find Us On Facebook