- 29 Feb 2016 9:00 AM
"You know, even in the darkest hours of mankind, there might be a voice within us, that allows us to remain human. That’s the hope of this film. Thank you very much, thank you",
Nemes continued, speaking from the Oscar stage at the 2016 Academy Awards Ceremony - a day after Son of Saul took the 'Indie Spirit' for 'Best International Film', and won its category at the 'Golden Reel Awards' .
Widely regarded as the favourite in this Academy category after it won Hungary its first-ever Golden Globe, the movie is a hauntingly intense Holocaust drama about a Jewish Auschwitz concentration-camp prisoner desperately trying to give a boy a decent burial.
Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán praised the Golden Globe win saying, "Wow! A unique Hungarian success! I convey my heartfelt congratulations to László Nemes and all the creators and actors of Son of Saul."
István Szabó's 'Mephisto' (1981) won Hungary's only foreign language Oscar prior to 'Son of Saul', and Szabó's 'Hanussen' (1988) was the most recent Hungarian nominee in this category before 2016.
A Great Day For Hungarian Filmmaking
Son Of Saul Wins Independent Spirit Award