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The Cemetery Trilogy

Ida, Son of Saul, and 1945 form an unofficial film trilogy that explores the fate of European Jewry in the Holocaust and its place in post-War Europe. The central image in the trilogy is that of the cemetery and the works avoid the clichés that might emerge from this image to present extraordinary cinematic moves: an existential drama (Ida), a mesmerizing nightmare (Son of Saul), and a social thriller (1945). 

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Ida

Dir.: Pawel Pawlikowski
| 82 minutes

Anna, on the verge of making her vows to God, discovers a family secret that will spin her life out of control. Ida is an outstanding film that explores the fate of the Jews of Poland and the guilt and silence surrounding this fate.

Son of Saul

Dir.: Laszlo Nemes
| 107 minutes

Saul Auslander, a member of the Sonderkommando in Auschwitz, tries to carry out an impossible deed – to give his murdered son a Jewish funeral. With a distinct cinematic approach and clinging to the perspective of the hero, Laszlo Nemes accurately captures the emotional reality of his protagonist. 

Speaker (in Heb.): Benjamin Friedenberg

1945

Dir.: Ferenc Török
| 91 minutes

A Hungarian village in August 1945. The festive ambiance of the clerk’s daughter’s wedding is tainted when two Orthodox Jews arrive carrying a mysterious trunk. Have they come to claim their lawful inheritance? A touching and powerful film.