Son of Saul Page #2

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.
Rotten Tomatoes:
107 min

Shooting Draft April 25, 2014


A low, long noise of a heavy industrial fan, before stopping +

with reverberation.

Saul is hosing the ground mechanically, slowly, directing the +

hose here and there, his face focused.

In the BACKGROUND, human FIGURES come and go rapidly. Some

draw nearer Saul, and start pulling backward, and then OFF

SCREEN, heavy loads.

TWO MEN around Saul seem to struggle with something below.

Saul turns off the hose and leans toward the ground. He helps

the men.

The men carry away their load.

The figures around Saul move increasingly fast, quietly, as

if commanded by invisible fear and discipline. +

A low whimper can be heard from underneath.

Saul tries to look for the source of the whimper.

He freezes.

A light-haired man comes near him. He is 30 but looks 50, his

name is HIRSCH. He wears the same clothes as Saul. His deeply

set eyes look down with worry at the source of the whimper.

Hirsch waves at someone OFF SCREEN.

Another prisoner, who seems to have more authority, draws

closer. He is a short but strong young man in his late

twenties, and a foreman in the Kommando. He is called

FEIGENBAUM. He looks towards the source of the whimper and +

hurries away. +

Saul watches as Hirsch lifts up the bruised corpse of an

ADOLESCENT BOY with dark-brown hair. Hirsch carries it to one

corner of the tunnel and puts it onto a bench that another

MAN has grabbed from the undressing room.

Saul follows Hirsch with his eyes.

Behind the scene, dozens of PRISONERS rapidly carry out their

routine, regardless of the agonising boy. Some are pouring

water. Some others take heavy loads to a freight-elevator. A

WELL DRESSED MAN walks around, stops now and then, writing

down information, assisted by a prisoner. A few SS GUARDS, +

dressed in green and gray, armed, watch over the scene. +

Behind them, Feigenbaum comes back with a short man in a

white gown, a Jewish doctor called MIKLOS. From closer, his

gown looks less maculate: it is full of stains and dirt. +

Shooting Draft April 25, 2014


He walks towards the bench, Saul walks closer to them. On the +

bench lays a boy, around twelve years old. Miklós looks at +

the boy with weary eyes.

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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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