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Grand Prix winner at Cannes, Golden Globe winner and Hungary’s submission for Foreign Language Oscar consideration, this powerful drama immerses you in the ninth circle of hell on earth. Set in Auschwitz-Birkenau, October 1944, it follows Saul (Géza Röhrig), a Hungarian member of the Sonderkommando, the group of Jewish prisoners isolated from the camp and forced to assist the Nazis in the machinery of large-scale extermination. After discovering the body of a boy he believes to be his son, Saul desperately seeks a rabbi to recite Kaddish before burying him. With the camera focused intensely on Saul, the horrors are obscured visually, although we remain vividly aware of them. Rated R. In Hungarian, Yiddish, German, Polish with English subtitles. Camera: Mátyás Erdély. Director: László Nemes. (Hungary 2015) 107 min.

The Rafael is the only theater in the Bay Area offering screenings of Son of Saul on 35mm film, the director’s preferred format. Opening weekend will be entirely 35mm, followed by digital projection from Monday through Thursday.

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