Cannes: Sony Pictures Classics Takes Holocaust Drama 'Son of Saul'

The competition film is helmed by first-time director Laszlo Nemes.

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North American rights to Cannes competition drama Son of Saul.

The Holocaust film is helmed by Hungarian director Laszlo Nemes in his feature film debut.

The story centers on an Auschwitz prisoner named Saul who is forced to work in the camp.

Films Distribution is selling the film, which received strong reviews and is considered by some as a contender for awards at the fest.

THR's review of the film said: "Utterly uneasy to watch but strikingly and confidently assembled, the film is a powerful aural and visual experience that doesn’t quite manage to sustain itself over the course of its running time, but is a remarkable — and remarkably intense — experience nonetheless."

Early in the fest, Sony Pictures Classics took North American rights to Hirokazu Koreeda's competition title Our Little Sister.

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