I saw “The Zone of Interest” a few months ago at the Telluride Film Festival and was also able to hear the British director Jonathan Glazer interviewed at length about his remarkable new drama. Set just outside the walls of Auschwitz, it is a Holocaust film like no other, one in which the unimaginable horrors of the camps remain out of sight, but not out of mind or out of hearing, terror hanging in the air like the ashes spewed from the crematoria.
Adapted by Glazer from a 2014 novel by Martin Amis, the brilliant film centers on the camp commandant and his wife and family, who lead a “normal” life seemingly detached from the noisy death machine that makes their cozy existence possible.
Opening at Boulder’s Cinemark Century Theaters on Friday, January 26 for a week run, which may or may not be extended, “The Zone of Interest” premiered at the 76th Cannes Film Festival in May 2023 to acclaim, winning both the Grand Prix and FIPRESCI Prize. It was named Best Film by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, selected as one of the top-five international films of 2023 by the National Board of Review, and chosen as the British entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 96th Academy Awards.
It was also nominated for three Golden Globes Awards, including Best Motion Picture – Drama, and nine BAFTAs, including Outstanding British Film. The film has just been nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay for Glazer and Best International Feature Film.
Sandra Hüller, who plays the implacable wife, has the distinction of being nominated for a best actress Golden Globe and Oscar for “Anatomy of a Fall,” an excellent French drama which won the Golden Globe for best foreign film and screenplay. (It is available to rent on Amazon.) Both outstanding international features will again compete against each other at the Oscars on March 10.
The last film directed by Jonathan Glazer, and old and dear friend of Rabbi Marc Soloway, was 2013’s “Under the Skin,” starring Scarlett Johansson. The film premiered at the 2013 Telluride Film Festival and was named the best film of 2014 by numerous critics and publications.