The Zone of Interest

Two Oscar Wins including Best International Film!

Written and directed by Jonathan Glazer, this historical drama is loosely based on the 2014 novel by Martin Amis. It was a co-production between the United States, the United Kingdom and Poland. It stars Christian Friedel as the German Nazi commandant Rudolf Höss, who, in 1943, strives to build a dream life with his wife, Hedwig (Sandra Hüller), in a new home next to the German Auschwitz concentration camp. Höss takes the children out to swim and fish, and Hedwig spends time tending the garden. Servants handle chores and the prisoners’ belongings are given to the family. Beyond the garden wall, gunshots, shouting and sounds of trains and furnaces sound. Dispassionately examining the ordinary existence of people complicit in horrific crimes, The Zone of Interest forces us to take a cold look at the mundanity behind an unforgivable brutality, and the lessons resonate far beyond the time and place of this one story. In German with English subtitles. (PG-13, 1h 46m)

“The scenario that Glazer creates and the performances of his lead players serve as a portal, challenging viewers to morph from spectators to participants, grappling with the enduring truth that we’re all capable of knowing evil when we see it.” – Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

“The film is not just about a Nazi couple, or even just about the banality of evil. Rather, it is about the ways in which people close themselves off to destabilizing truths.” – Natalia Winkelman, Boston Globe

“A deeply chilling and precisely engineered nightmare that is the best and most important film of 2023, our shared year of blind eyes and buried heads.” – Barry Hertz, Globe and Mail