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Oscars: Read THR's Reviews of the Foreign-Language Nominees

Hungary's 'Son of Saul'

Five movies are nominated for the best foreign-language film Oscar.

Vying for the honor are Embrace of the Serpent from Colombia, French entry Mustang, Hungary's Son of Saul, Jordan's Theeb and A War from Denmark.

Embrace of the Serpent The black-and-white Amazonian drama, directed by Colombia's Ciro Guerra, tells two stories set in 1909 and 1940, respectively.

Mustang Deniz Gamze Erguven’s Turkish-language French contender features five sisters looking for their place in a society that wants them to take on traditional female roles.

Son of Saul Hungarian director Laszlo Nemes' first feature, which premiered in the Cannes Film Festival competition lineup last year, tells the story of a Jewish prisoner and Sonderkommando worker who must clear bodies from gas chambers and finds the corpse of a boy he claims is his son.

Theeb U.K.-born, Jordan-based filmmaker Naji Abu Nowar's debut feature focuses on a Bedouin boy who must grow up quickly to survive in the 1916 Arabian desert.

A War Tobias Lindholm's ripped-from-the-headlines drama is about a Danish commander in Afghanistan who makes a decision that affects his family's life when he returns home. Read the review.

Golden Globes: Holocaust-Set 'Son of Saul' Wins Foreign-Language Film Award

The hot favorite from Hungary keeps up its awards-season momentum.



Hungary’s Son of Saul received the Golden Globe for best foreign-language film on Sunday.

The Holocaust-set movie tells the story of a Hungarian-Jewish prisoner who is forced to burn the bodies of those killed by the Nazis at Auschwitz.

Son of Saul's seemingly unstoppable awards-season momentum comes off the back of widespread critical success. The Hollywood Reporter's Boyd van Hoeij wrote of the pic, "[u]tterly uneasy to watch but strikingly and confidently assembled, the film is a powerful aural and visual experience."

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Vilmos Zsigmond, Oscar-Winning Cinematographer, Dies at 85



Hungarian-born cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, winner of an Oscar for his achievements on “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and a nominee for “The Deer Hunter,” “The River” (1984) and the “The Black Dahlia” (2006), has died at 85. His business partner Yuri Neyman said he died January 1.

Over a period of five decades in Hollywood, his other outstanding achievements included “Deliverance,” “Blow Out,” “The Ghost and the Darkness” and such Robert Altman films as “McCabe and Mrs. Miller” and “The Long Goodbye.” And he considered it the ultimate compliment that no two of his movies looked alike.

Working into his eighties, Zsigmond also shot a number of episodes of the Fox sitcom “The Mindy Project” from 2012-14. Zsigmond ranked among the 10 most influential cinematographers in film history in a 2003 survey conducted by the International Cinematographers Guild.

Belying his comment to Rolling Stone that “a cinematographer can only be as good as the director,” Zsigmond often flattered his directors’ capabilities with his innovative use of lighting and his painterly eye.

Escaping from his native Hungary after the 1956 Russian invasion, Zsigmond slowly worked his way up starting with low-budget exploitation films. After a decade he finally got his break with Altman’s stylistically daring “McCabe” (1971), in which he used a limited palate of desaturated colors, giving the Western a boldly unconventional and melancholy look. Also for Altman he did “Images” and “The Long Goodbye,” and was tapped by John Boorman to be the cinematographer on “Deliverance,” the 1972 classic for which he provided a crisp, evocative look.

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