The Zone of Interest
'The Zone of Interest' tells the story of the commandant of Auschwitz, Rudolf Höss, and his wife Hedwig, who strive to build a dream life for their family in a house and garden next to the camp.This Jonathan Glazer movie offers us a new glance of World War Two, the nazi Germany and the Holocaust. All the people who suffered the horror imposed by Hitler had been represented by multiple productions, but this movie shows us the everyday life of the soldiers who worked in these locations and who watched impassible how hundreds of people died every minute.
This project is situated in one of the darkest times of history, but from a different point of view that we haven't seen so often and we're not used to: from the captors perspective. Starred by Sandra Huller, Christian Friedel, Ralph Herforth, Medusa Knopf, Daniel Holzberg, Maximilian Beck, Sascha Maaz, Wolfgang Lampl and Johann Karthaus, among others.
A disturbing landscape based on the novel by Martin Armis, who offered perspectives from three people from the concentration camp: the commandant, the suboficial, and a sonderkommando. Glazer decides to only focus the story around the commandant and his family through general shots, almost all of them permanent, where the family house is shown as if it was being filmed through Big Brother cameras.
Listings'The Zone of Interest' is showing in 27 today, including:
- Vue Cambridge (Cambridge): 20:25
- Vue Exeter Cinema (Exeter): 19:40
- Harbour Lights Picturehouse (Southampton): 14:30
- Genesis Cinema Tower Hamlets (London): 12:00
- Everyman Esher Cinema (Esher): 20:45
- Abbeygate Picturehouse Bury St Edmunds (Bury St Edmunds): 12:45
- 2024 Academy Awards (Oscars): 6 0
- 2024 Golden Globes: 3 0
- 2024 BAFTA Awards: 9 3
December 19 2023
Jonathan Glazer's screenplay is only loosely based on British author Martin Amis' novel "The Zone of Interest." Amis' provocative book is quite different in many ways, because it tells a fictitious 'love story' plot from three perspectives by using an artificial, even comical language designed to alienate the reader. Amis also uses only fictitious names for his characters, even if the historical Höss family was obviously an inspiration.
The family dog in the film is played by Sandra Hüller's pet dog.
Director Jonathan Glazer used up to five fixed cameras in the house and garden with no visible crew to capture many scenes so the actors didn't know if they were being shot in a close-up or wide shot. They were totally immersed in the scene and enjoyed working in that realistic environment.