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Lab Developed "Son of Saul" Wins the 2015 Cannes Grand Prix
The film by Hungarian Director Laszlo Nemes, developed at the Jerusalem International Film Lab in 2013, took home the prize on the 24th of May in Cannes

 

Nemes on set

Son of Saul, the first feature film by Hungarian director Laszlo Nemes, which was developed at the Jerusalem International Film Lab in 2013, won the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival. The film, which has received outstanding critical acclaim, will represent Hungary at the 2016 Academy Awards, and has been sold at an unprecedented sum to Sony Pictures Classics. This is an exceptional achievement for a first time director, especially in Cannes' closed circle.

Son of Saul began its path to international acclaim in the second class (2012-13) of the Jerusalem International Film Lab. Nemes and his co-writer Clara Royer developed the script under the guidance of Israeli mentor Koby Gal-Raday during 7 months in Jerusalem.


Son of Saul tells the story of Saul Ausländer, a Hungarian member of the Sonderkommando, the group of Jewish prisoners isolated from the camp and forced to assist the Nazis in the machinery of large-scale extermination. While working in one of the crematoriums, Saul discovers the corpse of a boy he takes to be his son. As the Sonderkommando plan a rebellion, Saul decides to carry out an impossible task: save the child's body from the flames, find a rabbi to recite the mourner’s Kaddish and grant the boy a proper burial.

This is the second year of exceptional presence by JIFL alumni at Cannes. Last year, two films (The Kindergarten Teacher by Israel's Nadav Lapid and Run by Philippe Lacôte of Ivory Coast) were featured in different programs at Cannes, both receiving critical praise and extensive international distribution.

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