SON OF SAUL

The 2015 Zagreb Film Festival Golden Pram Award went to the Hungarian film Son of Saul by Lászlo Nemes. Son Of Saul, the winner of Grand Prix at the Cannes, Film Festival is the directorial debut of Lászlo Nemes. October 1944, Auschwitz-Birkenau. Saul Ausländer is a Hungarian member of Sonderkommando – the Jewish prisoners’ unit isolated from the rest of the camp. They are in charge of taking other prisoners to gas chambers and burning corpses. While working in one of the crematoriums, Saul finds the body of a boy and is convinced it is his son. Shaking off his lethargy, he decides to secretly arrange a real Jewish funeral for the boy. While other members of Sonderkommando are planning to rebel and escape, Saul takes upon himself the impossible mission of saving the boy’s body from the flames. To this end, he makes his way through the concentration camp in search of a rabi who would perform the ritual

The Golden Pram for Best Short Film went to the French film A Few Seconds by Nora El Hourch, and the Best Checkers Film is The Beast by Daina O. Pusić.

Special mentions were awarded in each of the categories, as well. The Best PLUS Film is the Dutch entry Prince, directed by Sam de Jong, and the HT Audience Award went to the French film The New Kid by Rudi Rosenberg.

Special mentions in the feature competition went to the Danish film A War (Krigen), directed by Tobias Lindholm and the Australian film Tanna, directed by Bentley Dean and Martin Butler.

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