Sony Pictures Classics has acquired US distribution rights to the Hungarian film competing for the Palme d’Or, “Son of Saul”. The distribution agreement was signed by the film’s international distributor, Films Distribution, at the Cannes Film Festival, the film magazine Variety has reported.
The feature film’s Hungarian director László Nemes said after the film’s screening that the international distributor had received so many offers for the picture’s distribution rights that he had had to “switch off his phone”. The director said American professionals see the film as a potential contender at the next Academy Awards, which was why the US bought its distribution rights.
“Son of Saul” takes place at the Auschwitz concentration camp and tells the story of the final day-and-a-half in the life of Saul Ausländer, a fictional Jewish member of the death camp’s Sonderkommando charged with aiding with the disposal of gas chamber victims.
The movie was introduced at the 68th Cannes International Film Festival, the world’s most prestigious event of its kind, to enormous international acclaim. The pictures were taken by France-based Hungarian photographer Bálint Pörneczi of the movie’s cast, including Hungarian government commissioner and Hollywood celebrity Andy Vajna in representation of the National Film Fund, on Friday, the day of its international premiere.
via hungarymatters.hu and mno.hu
photos: mno.hu/Bálint Pörneczi