Son of Saul

Juliet Sulejmani | April 13, 2016

Son of Saul / Saul fia (2015)
Director: Laszlo Nemes
Hungarian
Drama/Thriller/War
Cast: Geza Rohrig, Levente Molnar, Urs Rechn
Writers: Laslzo Nemes, Clara Royer
1h 47min

 

My friend Baz asked me to go to the movies with him to watch Son of Saul. He said something like, it’s based on WW2, and something about prisoners who had to work in the camps. Baz and I usually always like the same things so of course I said yes.

Son of Saul, a Hungarian film also called Saul fia. The first feature film for director László Nemes. The film premiered at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and won the Grand Prix, it also won Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Award this year amongst other awards.

The film takes place over two days, in an Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II and follows Saul Auslander a Hungarian who has been made a Sonderkommando -prisoners who have no choice but to help the Nazis exterminate Jews.

So, I have watched a few films based on World War II and read quite a few books, such as; The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Night, The Book Thief, The Diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank, and I’ve been to Germany, so I know about that terrible, terrible, terrible time in history. However this film, this film, excuse my language, was fucked. It’s the only word I could think of after I left the cinema. The film really shares this story with you in an unforgettable way.

It is a powerful film and I am really glad that I watched it, and at the same time those scenes of horror are etched in my mind forever. Baz and I left the cinema and didn’t know what to say. What those people went through, it is just unimaginable, and the fact that it actually happened, it just really makes you think. About humanity, about power, about how lucky we are.

I am not at all surprised that Son of Saul won an Oscar, it was shot so well, the whole time you feel like you are seeing what is happening right through Saul’s eyes. A lot of the horrific scenes are a blur, but you don’t really need to see it to understand what is going on.

Jx

Film 19 for 2016

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I watched Roman Holiday tonight so I could remind myself of what ‘Anja’ gets up to on her day off from being a princess. It is part of some research that I am doing for my design concept.

I giggled so many times, the character of the princess who is played by Audrey Hepburn is so cute and so funny.

 

The drawings above where created by me, I drew them with pencil, then outlined in fineliner and added colour using photoshop. I was originally going to leave them in black and white, but I actually like them better with colour.

 

The reason I watched Roman Holiday, and have outlined the above sequences is because I am exploring the idea or the concept of a ‘flaneuse’. Some meanings of a flaneuse are;

– a person who walks the city in order to experience it

– aimless idle behaviour

– in order to engage in flaneri, one must not have anything too definite in mind

– a flaneuse is a detached pedestrian given to observing and commenting on milieu – critically and analytically to be sure but not without bemusement, even fondness.

 

So, now you can see how the character is totally a flaneuse. I think I am also quite the flaneuse. Are you?

 

Jx

Marie Antoinette

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This is a page out of my Design sketchbook. We’re touching on some fashion history. We were asked to look at style icons male/female from the 18th Century. The majority of the icons in that time were the royals.

Our lecturer showed us some clips of the film The Duchess and the costumes in it were superb. I also love Sofia Copola’s Marie Antoinette.

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I would love to wear one of those dresses.

Jx

Her

I watched Her last night.

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Directed and written by Spike Jonze. The main character Theodore Twobly is played by Joaquin Phoenix.

The main issues explored are relationships, technology used in our daily lives, love and change. Personally this film is very relatable. Very real. What happens is actually not anything that you can’t imagine happening. It totally makes sense. The film finished and I just thought ‘WOW’. Spike Jonze gave me so much through the story of Theodore, the thing is that it’s not easy to put it into words. It is just an understanding, a sense of feeling, like what you have been through, what you are going through is not only happening to you. Other people have experienced it and you are not alone.

Realisations from the film are that;

You will learn something and/or gain something from every relationship, regardless of whether you end up with the other person for ever or not.

As long as you are ok and content with your situation or relationship then it is ok, even if like in Theodore’s situation your relationship is with an Operating System that isn’t actually living.

People do change. Even more so in this day and age, people are more educated, people are more connected with each other, and people are no longer limited to their own little box. Which means that people will change and grow at a faster pace than was possible all those years ago before this crazy/great technology we have these days. And that it is normal to change. But this is where people get scared. When things change and aren’t like they used to be. People don’t actually want things to change.

Also, people’s ideas of how things should be are going to be different. Especially with regards to relationships. People need to understand that there are different ways to live a life and because my idea is different to yours doesn’t mean that it is wrong or that it is less of a relationship because things aren’t going the way that you think they should be going.

There is also something in it about the past and us remembering things from the past, basically that it has already happened and you should not keep bringing it back to the present, because now they are just stories you are telling yourself. If you watch it you can see how important those words are.

The character Amy (played by Amy Adams) says in the later part of the movie ‘I’ve just come to realize that, we’re only here briefly. And while I’m here, I wanna allow myself joy. So fuck it.’  This is very true and this is for me the most important part to take away. Just find what brings you joy and keep doing that.

The film is quite deep, however don’t let that stop you from watching it because it is actually beautiful. The costumes are quirky and the decor too, very retro. It is set in a future LA, actually shot in Shanghai, and it seems like such a nice place to be. There are also some super hilarious parts where Theodore is playing a game, you wont be able to resist laughing.

Jx

 

Links

 

David Letterman interview: Dave rates Spike (Dave thinks Spike deserves Oscar nominations.)

 

At the Golden Globes

 

I like this article and detail included about the film .

http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/cinema/2013/12/23/131223crci_cinema_lane

 

life is but a dream

I think everyone should watch this.

It’s Beyonce’s Documentary.

To be honest I haven’t really been a Beyonce fan, I have been too busy listening to rap and also too busy not listening to anything. I am really glad that I watched this. Beyonce has inspired me so much through this documentary. She is such a real person, such a great role model.

Blue Ivy is one lucky girl.

 

 

http://vimeo.com/71639589