'Son of Saul,' Hungarian Holocaust Drama, Wins Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film

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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.
A scene from "Son of Saul."Credit: AP

Hungarian Holocaust drama "Son of Saul" won the Golden Globe for best foreign film Sunday night.

In “Son of Saul,” the character of Saul Auslander is a member of the Sonderkommando at Auschwitz-Birkenau who is 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 the Budapest-born Geza Rohrig, the founder of an underground punk band during Communist rule. Moving to New York, he studied at a Hasidic yeshiva and graduated from the Jewish Theological Seminary. The film was funded in part by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.

The film beat out "Mustang" from France, "The Club" from Chile, "The Brand New Testament" from Belgium, France and Luxembourg, and "The Fencer" from Finland, Germany and Estonia.