Opening Friday, March 18 and screening daily through Thursday, March 24, The Frida Cinema is proud to present this year’s Academy Award Winner for Best Foreign Language Film – Hungarian director László Nemes’ powerful and intense SON OF SAUL.

SON OF SAUL at The Frida Cinema

Friday, March 18 – 3pm*, 5:30pm, 8pm
Saturday, March 19 – 12:30pm*, 3pm, 9:30pm
Sunday, March 20 – 3pm*, 5pm
Monday, March 21 through Thursday, March 24 – 3pm*, 5:30pm, 8pm
   * $7 Matinee Screening

Set in infamous World War II concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, Son of Saul stars Géza Röhrig as Saul Ausländer, a Hungarian member of the Sonderkommando, a group of Jewish prisoners isolated from the rest of the camp and forced to assist the Nazis in the large-scale burning of dead bodies.  While working in one of the crematoriums, Saul discovers the body of a boy he recognizes as that of his son.  As the Sonderkommando plans a rebellion, Saul is torn between two duties: participating in the clandestine uprising, finding a rabbi to recite the mourner’s Kaddish and offer the boy a proper Jewish burial.

Winner of over 40 additional esteemed awards including the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, the harrowing Son of Saul has been celebrated for presenting an otherwise focused, quiet, and intimate portrait of one man’s experience in the hell that was the Holocaust, shot over only 28 days and employing a strictly-adhered-to cinematic dogma that included only using natural light in outdoor scenes, minimal editing, and sparse use of a dramatic score.   It has been praised by countless historians and Holocaust survivors, including Dario Gabbai, the last known survivor of the Sonderkommandos.

“Movies simply don’t get more powerful than this.” – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

“4/4. Finally, a cinematic genre heretofore mired in pietistic melodrama and safe aesthetic distance has been blown open and virtually reinvented, even the well-known contours of its subject matter reinvested with urgency, meaning and mournful honesty.” – Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

“It’s impossible to be a lover of cinema without having been down this road before in films like Schindler’s List and The Pianist. But Nemes is telling his story in a revolutionary new way – and it’s devastating.” – Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly

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