The Zone of Interest
Winner, Grand Prix, Cannes Film Festival; #1 on 25 Critics’ Top 10 Lists for 2023
14A, mature theme.
Dir: Jonathan Glazer.
US/UK/Poland, 2023, 105 min.
Sandra Hüller, Christian Friedel, Freya Kreutzkam.
In German with English subtitles.
“British director Jonathan Glazer’s German-language The Zone of Interest, adapted from Martin Amis’s novel portraying the family life of Auschwitz’s commandant Rudolf Höss and his wife Hedwig is… careful in deciding what it does and doesn’t show, and it seeks a way of addressing this story that honours the facts while not treading over old ground formally or dramatically. It’s provocative in a deeply intelligent way. Is a lovely garden still a lovely garden if it’s a stone’s throw from Auschwitz?… The Zone of Interest runs with the nauseating truth that for Rudolf the extermination programme at Auschwitz was a fantastic career opportunity… Our hindsight brings heavy historical knowledge to the sight of a smoking, fiery chimney in the background beyond the Höss’s manicured garden. Yet these characters have no such perspective; for them this is the dawn of a sparkling new age… we perceive the coming night; they perceive an endless dawn. The tension between the two gives this film its uncomfortable power.” —Dave Calhoun, Time Out