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The Zone of Interest

Jonathan Glazer | 2023 | 105 MINS
USA | Subtitles
The commandant of Auschwitz and his wife strive to build a dream life for their family in a house and garden next to the camp. Multiple winner at Cannes 2023 including the Grand Prix plus winner of Best British Film and Best Foreign Language Film at the 2024 Baftas.

★★★★★ BBC Culture / Time Out

FROM 29 Jul

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In Detail

The film observes Rudolf Höss (Christian Friedel) and his wife Hedwig (Sandra Hüller) as they live their happy family life right next door to the concentration camp.

Shot like a casual European dramedy about a family at their summer home, the reality that surrounds them is revealed only by the barbed wire fences, small details in conversation, skies filled with smoke, bursts of sound design, and the piercing score. Friedel as Höss is frightening in his mundanity and Hüller as Hedwig gives the film its twisted humanity.

The moments where Hedwig is cruel to her house staff almost feel like a relief - evil we can see even if it’s so much milder than what’s over the walls. In the novel from where this screenplay has been adapted, the lead was named Paul Doll.

Director Jonathan Glazer is best known for ‘Sexy Beast’ and ‘Under the Skin’.

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