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ñSP D: Lás­zló Nemes. Hungary. 107 min. Sep 10, 6 pm Ry­er­son; Sep 11, 4:30 pm TIFF Bell Light­box 1. Rat­ing: NNNN Nemes’s in­tense, in­tox­i­cat­ing de­but fea­ture won the Grand Prize (the sil­ver medal) at Cannes this year. It’s the rare ilm that grabs your at­ten­tion from the irst few sec­onds and never lets go.

Shoot­ing al­most en­tirely from the pro­tag­o­nist’s POV in a con­tin­u­ous se­ries of hand-held takes, Nemes packs the frame with shal­low-fo­cus shots, tak­ing us into the heart of Auschwitz in the per­son of Saul, a Jew forced to aid the Nazis in their ex­ter­mi­na­tion mis­sion.

Saul tries to main­tain his hu­man­ity over the course of a few days by at­tempt­ing to ar­range a proper burial for a child whose body he inds while en­gaged in his ab­hor­rent rou­tine.

Com­pelling and as­tound­ing.

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