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‘Son of Saul’ Cinematographer Chooses 35mm Film to Tell Harrowing Holocaust Tale

Laszlo Nemes’ harrowing film Son of Saul tells the story of a man trying to find a way to give a decent burial to his illegitimate son during the Holocaust. The film, which won the Grand Prix at Cannes this year, was shot on 35mm film by cinematographer Matyas Erdely.

Erdely tells Variety of shooting on film, “Imagine if you went to the Louvre and they took all the paintings down and put up super high-res digital prints instead. It might be 4k or 8k or however many ks you want, but it wouldn’t really given you the same feel. I can’t really describe it any better than that.”