Hungarian director László Nemes’ Holocaust drama “Son of Saul” won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday.
“I share this with my actors, incredible cast and crew who believed in me and the project when no one did,” Nemes said in his acceptance speech. “Even in the darkest hours of mankind there might be a voice within us that allows us to remain human. That is the hope of this film.”
Earlier, Nemes complained that the Holocaust had become an “abstraction” over the years. “For me, it’s more of a face we must not forget,” he said.
Nemes’ first feature film – which was supported by the Hungarian National Film Fund – shows filmgoers the Nazi death camps from the perspective of a Sonderkommando member, a Jewish prisoner forced to work in the gas chambers and crematoria. In the film, Saul Auslander goes to great lengths to give a dead boy, whom he calls his son, a proper burial.
Andrew Vajna, Hungary’s film industry commissioner, said the award was “a huge success” that “all Hungarians can be proud of”. It shows that “if you have a good idea and you are willing to work hard for it then you, too, can succeed,” he added.
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