SON OF SAUL Reinvents the Holocaust Film

Even after two viewings, Son of Saul is a difficult film to tackle. It is an overwhelming cinematic experience—emotionally charged, as Holocaust films typically are, but also formally striking. It is easy to get wrapped up in a film’s aesthetic approach, particularly when the vision is as idiosyncratic as that of Hungarian director László Nemes. But what stands out in this case is the functionality of Nemes’ technique. The mobile, handheld camera and shallow focus close-ups that account for the bulk of the 35mm academy ratio compositions always serve the narrative.
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The fellas discuss the merits of BLACK MASS.

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TIFF Report 2: Eastern Auteurs

This is the second of six reports on the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. These TIFF films are helmed by five of Asia’s preeminent cinematic artists.
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TIFF Report 1: American Reflections

This is the first of six reports on the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. These TIFF films tackle issues of life in the United States.
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