Filmscreening & discussion with lead actor Géza Röhrig
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Hungarian House of New York
Doors: 6.30 PM, screening starts 7 PM
Suggested donation: $10
Join us for the screening of the Cannes Grand Prix, Golden Globe and Academy Award-winning motion picture Son of Saul (Saul fia) directed by László Nemes Jeles on the occasion of the National Remembrance Day of the Hungarian Victims of the Holocaust. The film is set in the Auschwitz concentration camp in October 1944, and follows a day-and-a-half in the life of Saul Ausländer, a Hungarian member of the Sonderkommando, a hermetically sealed work unit of Nazi death camp prisoners, who were forced to aid with the disposal of gas chamber victims during the Holocaust. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the lead actor of the film, Géza Röhrig, who for the first time will present the film in his native language in New York.
The film will be in Hungarian with English subtitles. The discussion will be in Hungarian.
About the Film
Son of Saul | 1h 47min | Drama
Hungarian with English subtitles
Co-written by the director and Clara Royer, the movie is based on authentic documents and uses the theme of the Holocaust as a background. It is set in the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II, and follows a day-and-a-half in the life of Saul Ausländer, played by Géza Röhrig, a Hungarian member of the Sonderkommando. Hermetically sealed from the rest of the camp and waiting for their own pending execution by the Nazis, workers are forced to take part in burning the victims of mass destruction and removing their ashes. Believing a dead child to be his own son, Saul decides to attempt the impossible: to save the child’s body from cremation and to contact a Rabbi, with whom he can secretly bury the child and say a Kaddish according to tradition. The film premiered in Cannes and won the Grand Prix of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. The film went on to win the award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards, and the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film, becoming the first Hungarian film to win the award.
About the Guest
Géza Röhrig was born in 1967. In the 1980s, he was the front man of an underground music band called Huckleberry (also known as HuckRebelly), whose concerts were almost always interrupted by the Communist authorities. He studied Hungarian and Polish at the Eötvös Loránd University. After a study tour in Poland, he portrayed poet Attila József in a film by József Madaras. He was admitted to the Theater and Film School of Hungary and studied filmmaking under István Szabó, graduating in 1993. He has lived in the Bronx borough of New York City since 2000 where he received a degree from the Jewish Theological Seminary. He is a Hasidic Jew and has been a kindergarten teacher at Hannah Senesh Community Day School in Brooklyn, NY. For portraying Saul Ausländer, he received the Kossuth Prize.
His published works are Book of Incineration (Hamvasztókönyv), 1995, Captivity (Fogság), 1997, Night (Éj), 1999, The feather-ripped parrot of the Rebbe – imaginary Hasidic stories (A Rebbe tollatépett papagája: képzelt haszid történetek), 1999, Island (Sziget), 2000, Law (Törvény), 2006, Homesickness (Honvágy), 2010 and recently The man who had his roots in his shoes (Az ember aki a cipőjében hordta a gyökereit) in 2016.