A press conference was held in Budapest, whereas the whole crew of the Son of Saul was present arriving back from LA. László Nemes Jeles – film director admitted: Q.: “It’s was amazing to see how happy people were to hear the film to be the Oscar winner at the press conference in Budapest. László Nemes Jeles told he had spoke with Oscar-winning the legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg both before and after Sunday’s Oscar ceremony, telling him that Son of Saul is “an important film” which had contributed to the collective remembrance of the Holocaust. Lead actor Géza Röhrig said that even before the Oscar ceremony, he felt like he was “the Saul of 15 million Hungarian” in LA. Gábor Sipos the producer said the film’s cast and crew were extremely touched by the huge support they received on the remembrance Sunday’s ceremony.
The Academy Award topped off a highly impressive haul of accolades for Son of Saul, which include the Golden Globe for best foreign language film, the Grand Prix along with the International Federation of Film Critics prize at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, this year’s Independent Spirit Award for Best International Film and also the critics prize at last year’s CinEast film festival in Luxembourg.
Zoltán Vági, the film’s historical consultant, said that the Hungarian Jewish Museum and Archives will launch the Children of Saul program which will focus on identifying the names of the 100,000 Hungarian Jewish children exterminated at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in the early ’40s.
Update Aggie Reiter