At filmmaker Lázló Nemes’ request, Son of Saul screened at MVFF using a gorgeous, organic 35mm print. Interestingly, after opening promos, the screen and drapes re-sized to a 4:3 aspect ratio. Odd, I thought. I suspected this was an artistic choice. It gives the viewer little relief, and contributes to the sense of claustrophobia and confusion the protagonist Saul (Géza Röhrig) faces as he navigates a maze of death.
There’s a tiny glimmer of hope for humanity in Son of Saul — your heart will thank you if you look for it, latch on to it, and never let go.
Also, look for Son of Saul next month at the Napa Valley Film Festival.