Hungarian Holocaust Film Nominated for Foreign-language Golden Globe

'Son of Saul' is also an early favorite in the foreign-language Oscar race.

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A scene from "Son of Saul." The film was nominated for a Golden Globe award for best foreign language film. The 73rd Annual Golden Globes will be held on January 10, 2016.
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A searing Holocaust film, “Son of Saul,” is one of five foreign-language movies nominated for a Golden Globe trophy.

The Hungarian movie is also an early favorite in the foreign-language Oscar race, which includes entries from 81 countries.

In “Son of Saul,” the character of Saul Auslander is a member of the Sonderkommando at Auschwitz-Birkenau, forced to cremate the bodies of fellow prisoners gassed by the SS. In one corpse, Saul believes he recognizes his dead son.

As the Sonderkommando men plan a rebellion, Saul vows that he will save the child’s corpse from the flames and find a rabbi to say Kaddish at a proper funeral.

Saul is portrayed by Geza Rohrig, born in Budapest and founder of an underground punk band during Communist rule. Moving to New York, he studied at a Chassidic yeshiva and graduated from the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Another entry bearing on the Holocaust, the German film “Labyrinth of Lies,” failed to make the cut. Set in the post-war 1950s, when most Germans preferred to deny or ignore the Holocaust, “Labyrinth” focuses on a young German prosecutor determined to bring the Nazis who ran Auschwitz to trial before a German court.

The final winners will be presented at the usually wild and unpredictable Golden Globe ceremony on January 16.

Winners and nominees, picked by a small group made up of members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, gain publicity but none of the prestige reserved for Academy Award winners.

Recognizable Jewish names among Golden Globe nominees include writer Aaron Sorkin, nominated in the Best Screenplay category for the film “Steve Jobs.”

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