Holo­caust film scoops best de­but fea­ture prize

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY JOSH JACKMAN

THE CUR­TAIN came down on the 2015 Jewish Film Fes­ti­val last week­end with its pres­ti­gious Best De­but Fea­ture Award go­ing to Hun­gar­ian di­rec­tor Las­zlo Nemes for his Holo­caust film Son of Saul.

Jury di­rec­tor Nik Pow­ell, who heads the Na­tional Film and Tele­vi­sion School, saidthe­film,abouta­camp­in­mate­forced to burn the bod­ies of Holo­caust vic­tims, said it was “rare to come across a de­but film of such power. In­deed, it is rare to come across any film of such power.”

Mr Nemes said hav­ing his film shown at the fes­ti­val was “very spe­cial”.

Sun­day’s gala in cen­tral Lon­don was the cul­mi­na­tion of a fort­night in which 83 films were shown at 123 screen­ings in 16 cine­mas across the coun­try,

Or­gan­is­ers ex­pected tick­ets sales to have ex­ceeded last year’s to­tal, with over a third more screen­ings sell­ing out than in 2014.

UK Jewish Film chief ex­ec­u­tive, Michael Ether­ton, said that he was “de­lighted by the over­whelm­ing au­di­ence re­sponse”.

Son of Saul was hon­oured by the UK Jewish Film Fes­ti­val

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