The Zone of Interest
Jonathan Glazer
USA – UK – PL, 2023, col., 106’
German – Polish o.v.

Rudolf Höss and his family live out their bourgeois tranquillity on an estate outside the city. Next to them, separated only by a wall, is the Auschwitz concentration camp, of which Rudolf is the director. Grand Prix at the latest Cannes Film Festival, three Golden Globes nominations, Best Sound at the European Film Awards, The Zone of Interest is this year’s Oscar-competing entry from the UK.

Sceneggiatura / Screenplay: Jonathan Glazer
tratta dal romanzo omonimo di / based on novel of the same title by Martin Amis
Fotografia / Photography: Łukasz Żal
Montaggio / Editing: Paul Watts
Musica / Music: Mica Levi
Suono / Sound: Johnnie Burn
Scenografia / Art Director: Chris Oddy
Costumi / Costume Designer: Małgorzata Karpiuk
Interpreti / Cast: Sandra Hüller, Christian Friedel, Freya Kreutzkam, Johann Karthaus, Luis Noah Witte, Nele Ahrensmeier, Lilli Falk, Anastazja Drobniak, Cecylia Pękala, Kalman Wilson, Julia Polaczek, Imogen Kogge, Medusa Knopf, Zuzanna Kobiela, Martyna Poznańska, Stephanie Petrowitz, Max Beck, Andrey Isaev
Produzione / Produced by: A24, Film4 Productions, Access Entertainment
In associazione con / In association with: Polish Film Institute
Coproduzione / Co-produced by: JW Films, Extreme Emotions Production
Distribuzione internazionale / World Sales: A24
Distribuzione per l’Italia / Distributed in Italy by: I Wonder Pictures

Loosely based on the novel of the same name by Martin Amis, The Zone of Interest is the story of a seemingly normal German family in a bucolic little house with a swimming pool, living a daily routine made up of boat trips, the father’s office work, his wife’s teas with her friends, and Sundays spent fishing on the river. Shame that the man in question is Rudolf Höss, the Auschwitz commandant, and that the delightful little villa with garden in which he lives with his family in surreal serenity is located right on the edge of the concentration camp, a stone’s throw from the horror, which is so near and so far. Grand Prix at Cannes 2023 and chosen as the British entry for the Best International Feature Film at the Academy Awards.

“The representation of historical atrocity is a complex proposition that has been tackled by directors such as Resnais, Spielberg and Tarantino. Glazer opts for a bold form of inversion. Working with rigorously researched historical material – and boldly reshaping the narrative of Amis’ novel – the director has created a milestone in the history of modern Holocaust films, whose horrors remain around and ephemeral without trivialising their gravity or diluting their power to disturb. In the singular 2013 sci-fi film Under the Skin, Glazer pursued a type of purely alien gaze, at once ruthless and innocent, and The Zone of Interest achieves something similar through the equanimity of the images. Crucially (and paradoxically), it is the absolute, stark flatness of the directing, the calm, relentless positioning of the camera under natural light, that testifies to the gravity of the scenario.” (Production notes)

Jonathan Glazer
Film director and screenwriter, Jonathan Glazer was born in 1965 in London. After completing a degree in Theatre Design at Trent Polytechnic, he landed a job making film trailers. This led to music videos, TV commercials and art projects. Glazer’s feature debut was Sexy Beast in 2000. His films premiered at major international film festivals.

Selected filmography
2000 Sexy Beast (Sexy Beast – L’ultimo colpo della bestia) 2004 Birth (Birth – Io sono Sean) 2013 Under the Skin 2019 The Fall cm / sf 2023 The Zone of Interest (La zona d’interesse); Premi / Awards: Cannes FF – Grand Prix, Premio FIPRESCI / Grand Prix, FIPRESCI Prize; Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards – Miglior regista / Best Director

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