Son of Saul, a film to honour International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Son of Saul, a film to honour International Holocaust Remembrance Day

The LUX Prize may well have been awarded back in December, but it remains actively committed to its principles throughout the entire year. The European Parliament's initiative, which aims to promote cultural and linguistic diversity, as enshrined in Article 22 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (“The Union shall respect cultural, religious and linguistic diversity”), will go one step further this year by honouring one of the most crucial subjects in European history and culture.
 
Son of Saul, László Nemes' wildly successful and heart-wrenching film, which formed part of the 2015 LUX Prize Official Selection, will be the centrepiece of an event organised during International Holocaust Remembrance Day. After the success of the simultaneous screening of Mediterranea in eight European cities in November, it is now the turn of Son of Saul, which will be screened in another seven cities on January 27th. The main event will take place in Brussels' BOZAR, where the special screening of the film will be preceded by a debate, in the presence of the President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz and lead actor Géza Röhrig, to discuss the incalculably important topics tackled and shown by the film. The debate will kick off at 18:00 CET in the European Parliament, and straight afterwards, at 18.45 CET, the film will start rolling.
 
The debate will be streamed on You Tube at 6 pm CET and followed by the screening of Son of Saul in seven other European cities, in cooperation with the national distributors: Zagreb (at the Cinema Europa), Slovenia (at Ljubljana's Kinoodvor), Slovakia (at Cinema Lumière) and four towns in Poland, where it will be a high relevant event with simultaneous screenings in Warsaw (at Cinema Muranow), Wroclaw (at Cinema Nove Horyzonty), Poznan (at Cinema Muza) and Krakow (at Cinema Pod Baranami).The LUX Prize will provide everyone on the internet with a way to enjoy the debate preceding the film screening, through LuxFilmPrize YouTube and via twitter #LuxPrize #SonofSaulEP.
 
Son of Saul has had an astonishing international run since its first bow at the Cannes Film Festival, where it took home the Grand Prize. After being selected for the 2015 LUX Prize, the film also went on to win several awards on the other side of the pond, such as the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film, and is one of the frontrunners for the upcoming Oscars.
 
Nemes' film has been hailed as one of the most important movies in recent European cinema, approaching the horrors of the Holocaust in a completely different way that manages to force every viewer to ask themselves new, more profound questions – digging deeper to the core of everything, beyond laws, communities and society: right down to the human condition itself. The LUX Prize invites you to join this un-missable event on January 27th at 18:00, whether you are in one of the selected cities or not. Save the date!