The British Guardian compiled the list of the hundred best films of the 21th century, and the Oscar-winning drama of László Nemes Jeles, Son of Saul, was recognized once again. The film finished 12th on the list of the Guardian between Todd Haynes’ Far from Heaven and David Lynch’s Mullholland Drive. According to the news portal, There Will be Blood is the best film made since 2000, ahead of 12 Years a Slave and Boyhood. Son of Saul has proven to be better than last year’s Best Foreign Language Film Roma, or The Grand Budapest Hotel which has also bagged four Oscars.
However, recognition by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and an Oscar is not a guarantee for a place on the list: it doesn’t have the 11 Oscar-winning Lord of the Rings: The King Returns or Ghetto Millionaire which received eight golden statuettes. The Guardian is writing that the Hungarian film is a
brutally visceral fable that plunges the viewer headlong into the all-encompassing horror of a Nazi extermination camp. Shot in remorseless, unforgiving close-up by first time Hungarian director László Nemes, the story of a Jewish prison-camp worker whose job it is to help clear the gas chamber of corpses is cinema at its absolute rawest.
Set in Auschwitz in 1944, “Son of Saul” tells the story of a Jewish inmate forced to escort his fellow prisoners to the gas chambers and help to dispose of their remains. In October 1944, Saul Ausländer is a Hungarian member of the Sonderkommando, a group of Jewish prisoners forced to lead other inmates in Auschwitz-Birkenau to their deaths and dispose of their bodies in the crematoriums. One day, Saul finds a young boy and, taking him for his son, tries to arrange a proper Jewish funeral for him. The title role is played by Géza Röhrig.
Röhrig’s next project will be with Hollywood director Terrence Malick in his new drama, ‘The Last Planet,’ a film that will convey passages in the life of Jesus Christ through the representation of evangelical parables. The Hungarian actor will play Jesus Christ in the new film.