Son of Saul

Synopsis: Two days in the life of Saul Auslander, Hungarian prisoner working as a member of the Sonderkommando at one of the Auschwitz Crematoriums who, to bury the corpse of a boy he takes for his son, tries to carry out his impossible deed: salvage the body and find a rabbi to bury it. While the Sonderkommando is to be liquidated at any moment, Saul turns away of the living and their plans of rebellion to save the remains of a son he never took care of when he was still alive.
Genre: Drama, War
Director(s): László Nemes
Production: Sony Pictures Classics
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 58 wins & 54 nominations.
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107 min

The voice stops talking. The people next to Saul start doing

something. Next to Saul, a MAN puts two fingers on the

highest button of his messy shirt and hesitates. Saul looks

at the man, who finally undoes his shirt. Saul leans and

picks up the man’s clothes on the ground. He gathers more of

the clothes lying on the ground and puts them on the side.

Shooting Draft April 25, 2014


A MAN in a jacket with a painted red X over it is helping an

ELDERLY WOMAN to remove pins from a shawl. Next to them,

other people go on undressing. Naked women pass him by and

pudently hide in a corner.



Reassuring voices speaking in different languages can be

heard, but only fragments make their way to him: “hot meal”

and “hurry up”.


(in Hungarian)

You have to remember the number.

Saul goes to a corner in the corridor and stands still. He is

soon joined by other MEN IN WHITE SHIRTS. They don’t talk.

Next to him, naked people walk further down. Saul’s face is

blank as we catch a glimpse at the huge crowd passing him

by. Voices rise, questions, in various languages, then fade


The last naked people, agitated, are being pushed into the

other hall by men in uniform.

The sound of a heavy door closing.

The men in uniform leave.

Saul and the other men in white shirts collect the clothes

hanging on the racks and throw them on the ground. Cries

surround them.

A bald MAN comes near Saul still taking the clothes out of

the racks. The bald man speaks in a low voice to the man next

to Saul, a strong man in his thirties, LANDESMAN. The bald

man looks at Saul.


(in Yiddish)

You too.


Saul leaves with Landesman. They enter a smaller corridor.

The cries are louder. Landesman opens a door on the right.

They go inside. There await several other MEN IN WHITE SHIRT,

faces turned to the ground.



A gas chamber with plaster walls. Artificial light comes down

from a low ceiling.


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László Nemes

László Nemes (born Nemes Jeles László; 18 February 1977) is a Hungarian film director and screenwriter. His 2015 debut feature film, Son of Saul, was screened in the main competition at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Grand Prix. He is the first Hungarian director whose film has won a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film. His film, Son of Saul, is the second Hungarian film to win the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. more…

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