Toronto: ‘Son of Saul’ Director on Finding a Different Angle on WWII Drama (Video)

TheWrap’s Steve Pond sits down with Hungarian writer-director László Nemes and actor Géza Röhrig to discuss their Holocaust drama

Last Updated: September 12, 2015 @ 9:30 PM

For his first feature-length film, “Son of Saul,” Hungarian writer-director László Nemes decided to tackle a deadly serious topic: the Holocaust.

The film, a Grand Prix winner at this year’s Cannes Film Festival that will be Hungary’s official entry for the foreign-language film category at the Oscars, stars Géza Röhrig as a Hungarian worker at the Auschwitz crematorium who tries to find a rabbi to give a child a proper burial.

“I wanted the viewer to experience it as firsthand, here and now,” Nemes told TheWrap’s Steve Pond in an interview at the Toronto Film Festival.

Sony Pictures Classics will release the film on Dec. 18.

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