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Cannes: Jonathan Glazer calls Holocaust film 'Area of ​​Interest' 'not a museum piece'

Cannes Film Festival’s early favorite is Jonathan Glazer’s Zone of Interest , which premiered Friday night to a warm audience and glowing reviews. Loosely based on the novel of the same name by Martin Amis, the film tells the story of Auschwitz concentration camp director Rudolf Hoss and his family living an idyllic life outside the walls.

“You never know why you’re tackling any subject. It’s not what I planned. It’s an evolving journey. I’ve been thinking about this subject for years,” Writer-director Glazer says his credits include Sexy Beast, Birth and Under the Skin , at the film’s press conference. Said that two years after the release of his last feature film Under the Skin, he was reading about the Holocaust and ended up visiting Auschwitz : “It’s been a very profound week of our lives.”

Glazer said he began to think about the wall around the camp, saying, “That wall became The embodiment of what we tell ourselves. We divide for our own convenience.” The filmmaker worked with researchers who studied survivor testimonies, and they provided the filmmaker with any references to the Höss family. Production designer Chris Oddy visited Auschwitz and the Höss home and did extensive archival work, mostly limited to black and white photographs.

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A After its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in the United States, it received a warm response at its film festival, and the Cannes premiere received endless applause. “At this point, it’s not an exaggeration to say that Jonathan Glazer is incapable of making a less uplifting original film,” The Hollywood Reporter comment on the film. “The worst thing you can say about this director is that it’s frustrating that for such an extraordinary talent, he’s not prolific.”

Actress San Sandra Hüller, best known for her role in Toni Erdman , said playing the role of a Nazi officer’s wife “was never about being good at something or doing Something extraordinary. It has nothing to do with ambition at all.” She added: “I never really felt familiar with her, but at the same time, I felt like there was no real way to do it right.”

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given the rise of anti-Semitism, neo-Nazism and white supremacy around the world . “What it’s trying to do is speak to the human capacity for violence, no matter where you’re from. Just [trying] to show these people as people and not as monsters is a very important thing because the greatest crime and tragedy is human beings doing this to other human beings. do,” said the director. “It’s convenient for us to try to distance ourselves from them, but I don’t think we should be that sure.”

Glazer recalls a time with his father Talk, they discussed the possibility of making a film about Auschwitz. His father told Glazer to “let it rot,” or let it be a thing of the past. The filmmaker countered: “It’s really important that we keep talking about it, try to familiarize us with it.” He added: “This is not a museum piece. It needs to be presented with a level of urgency and alarm.”




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