Cannes: Sony Pictures Classics Acquires ‘Son of Saul’ (EXCLUSIVE)

After an all-night bidding war, Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North American distribution rights to the Cannes Film Festival in-competition Holocaust drama “Son of Saul” (“Saul Fia”), Variety has learned.

The deal, which closed with Paris-sales company Films Distribution, includes multiple international territories. Several distributors had placed offers for the the Hungarian film, about a prisoner (Geza Rohrig) in Auschwitz from first-time director Laszlo Nemes.

“The Son of Saul” premiered on Friday to strong reviews — it’s one of the best-reviewed competition entries so far.

“The result is as grim and unyielding a depiction of the Holocaust as has yet been made on that cinematically overworked subject — a masterful exercise in narrative deprivation and sensory overload that recasts familiar horrors in daringly existential terms,” wrote Variety chief film critic Justin Chang.

The 38-year old director previously made three critically-acclaimed shorts, including “Turelem” which was nominated for an European Film Award.

Produced Gabor Sipos and Gabor Rajna, “The Son of Saul” will be released in Hungary by Mozinet and in France by Ad Vitam.

Earlier this week, SPC also acquired the Japanese drama “Our Little Sister” out of Cannes.

More Film

  • SAG Awards Snubs and Suprises

    SAG Nominations: 16 Biggest Snubs and Surprises

    After an all-night bidding war, Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North American distribution rights to the Cannes Film Festival in-competition Holocaust drama “Son of Saul” (“Saul Fia”), Variety has learned. The deal, which closed with Paris-sales company Films Distribution, includes multiple international territories. Several distributors had placed offers for the the Hungarian film, about a […]

  • Three Billboards Stranger Things

    SAG Award Nominations Scorecard: Fox Searchlight, Netflix Top List

    After an all-night bidding war, Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North American distribution rights to the Cannes Film Festival in-competition Holocaust drama “Son of Saul” (“Saul Fia”), Variety has learned. The deal, which closed with Paris-sales company Films Distribution, includes multiple international territories. Several distributors had placed offers for the the Hungarian film, about a […]

  • Lady Bird Three Billboards

    SAG Awards: Are 'Lady Bird' and 'Three Billboards' Your New Oscar Frontrunners?

    After an all-night bidding war, Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North American distribution rights to the Cannes Film Festival in-competition Holocaust drama “Son of Saul” (“Saul Fia”), Variety has learned. The deal, which closed with Paris-sales company Films Distribution, includes multiple international territories. Several distributors had placed offers for the the Hungarian film, about a […]

  • Rupert Murdoch Bob Iger Disney Fox

    Disney-Fox Deal: 10 Burning Questions as Takeover Deal Looms

    After an all-night bidding war, Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North American distribution rights to the Cannes Film Festival in-competition Holocaust drama “Son of Saul” (“Saul Fia”), Variety has learned. The deal, which closed with Paris-sales company Films Distribution, includes multiple international territories. Several distributors had placed offers for the the Hungarian film, about a […]

  • Three Billboards Stranger Things SAG Nominations

    Screen Actors Guild Award Nominations: 'Three Billboards' Dominates, 'The Post' Shut Out

    After an all-night bidding war, Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North American distribution rights to the Cannes Film Festival in-competition Holocaust drama “Son of Saul” (“Saul Fia”), Variety has learned. The deal, which closed with Paris-sales company Films Distribution, includes multiple international territories. Several distributors had placed offers for the the Hungarian film, about a […]

  • Olivia Munn Niecy Nash

    SAG Award Nominations: Complete List

    After an all-night bidding war, Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North American distribution rights to the Cannes Film Festival in-competition Holocaust drama “Son of Saul” (“Saul Fia”), Variety has learned. The deal, which closed with Paris-sales company Films Distribution, includes multiple international territories. Several distributors had placed offers for the the Hungarian film, about a […]

  • Sag Awards Preview

    How to Watch the SAG Awards Nominations Live

    After an all-night bidding war, Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North American distribution rights to the Cannes Film Festival in-competition Holocaust drama “Son of Saul” (“Saul Fia”), Variety has learned. The deal, which closed with Paris-sales company Films Distribution, includes multiple international territories. Several distributors had placed offers for the the Hungarian film, about a […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content