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The Zone of Interest

PG-13 2023-12-15 History 1hr 45m

The commandant of Auschwitz, Rudolf Höss, and his wife Hedwig, strive to build a dream life for their family in a house and garden next to the camp.

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The commandant of Auschwitz, Rudolf Höss, and his wife Hedwig, strive to build a dream life for their family in a house and garden next to the camp.

  • Released
    2023-12-15
  • Revenue
    $16,198,615
  • Budget
    $15,000,000
  • Runtime
    1hr 45m
  • Genre
    History, Drama, War
  • Status
    Released
  • Language
    Deutsch, Polski
  • imdb-logo
    7.7
  • Production
    A24, Film4 Productions, Access Entertainment, PISF, JW Films, Extreme Emotions

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Jonathan Glazer
Director
James Wilson
Producer

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Cast

Christian Friedel

Christian Friedel

Rudolf Höss
Sandra Hüller

Sandra Hüller

Hedwig Höss
Johann Karthaus

Johann Karthaus

Claus Höss
Nele Ahrensmeier

Nele Ahrensmeier

Inge-Brigit Höss
Lilli Falk

Lilli Falk

Heideraud Höss
Anastazja Drobniak

Anastazja Drobniak

Annagret Höss
Cecylia Pekala

Cecylia Pekala

Annagret Höss
Kalman Wilson

Kalman Wilson

Annagret Höss
Julia Babiarz

Julia Babiarz

Young Polish Housemaid
Benjamin Utzerath

Benjamin Utzerath

Fritz Sander, Topf & Sons
Thomas Neumann

Thomas Neumann

Karl Prüfer, Topf & Sons
Klaudiusz Kaufmann

Klaudiusz Kaufmann

Obersturmbannführer Bischoff
Justyna Szklarska

Justyna Szklarska

Prisoner Gardener #1
Kacper Piwko

Kacper Piwko

Prisoner Gardener #2
Marie Rosa Tietjen

Marie Rosa Tietjen

Hedwig's Friend #1
Antje Falk

Antje Falk

Hedwig's Friend #2
Jakub Sierenberg

Jakub Sierenberg

SS Officer #1
Joerg Sierenberg

Joerg Sierenberg

SS Officer #2
Joerg Giessler

Joerg Giessler

SS Officer #3
Heiko Lange

Heiko Lange

SS Officer #4
Marek Łukasik

Marek Łukasik

SS Officer #5
Julia Polaczek

Julia Polaczek

Aleksandra Bystron-Kolodziejczyk
Shenja Lacher

Shenja Lacher

Gauleiter Fritz Bracht (voice)
Imogen Kogge

Imogen Kogge

Hedwig's Mother
Wiktoria Wisniewska

Wiktoria Wisniewska

Heideraud's School Friend
Paulina Burzyk

Paulina Burzyk

Claus' Girlfriend
Anna Marciniszyn

Anna Marciniszyn

Redheaded Woman
Agnieszka Wierny

Agnieszka Wierny

Aleksandra's Mother
Patryk Mika

Patryk Mika

Polish Partisan at Table
Tomasz Piwko

Tomasz Piwko

Kapo Bohner
Carsten Koch

Carsten Koch

War-Wounded Soldier #1
Heinz Nielow

Heinz Nielow

War-Wounded Soldier #2
Christine Schröder

Christine Schröder

Woman in Park with Dog
Marnius Fislage

Marnius Fislage

Höss' Adjutant
Ralph Herforth

Ralph Herforth

Oswald Pohl
Daniel Holzberg

Daniel Holzberg

Gerhard Maurer
Rainer Haustein

Rainer Haustein

Richard Glücks
Daniel Hoffman

Daniel Hoffman

Dr. Meindl, Steyr-Daimier-Puch
Wolfgang Lampl

Wolfgang Lampl

Hans Burger
Oscar Lebeck

Oscar Lebeck

Glücks' Adjutant
Freya Kreutzkam

Freya Kreutzkam

Eleanor Pohl
Leo Meier

Leo Meier

IKL Announcer (voice)
Barbara Koszatka

Barbara Koszatka

Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum Cleaner
Izabela Bara

Izabela Bara

Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum Cleaner
Anna Kuwik

Anna Kuwik

Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum Cleaner
Mariola Karczewska

Mariola Karczewska

Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum Cleaner
Halina Drzymota

Halina Drzymota

Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum Cleaner
Dominika Matonóg

Dominika Matonóg

Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum Cleaner
Ewelina Kaczor

Ewelina Kaczor

Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum Cleaner
Matgorzata Zurek

Matgorzata Zurek

Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum Cleaner
Barbara Jakubowska

Barbara Jakubowska

Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum Cleaner
Etzbieta Bronka

Etzbieta Bronka

Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum Cleaner
Zuzanna Janusik

Zuzanna Janusik

Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum Cleaner
Sascha Maaz

Sascha Maaz

Arthur Liebehenschel (uncredited)
Ralf Zillmann

Ralf Zillmann

Hoffmann (uncredited)
Christopher Manavi

Christopher Manavi

Minor Role (uncredited)

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A Review by lachlanthiele 9

Written by lachlanthiele on 2023-05-28

<b>INT. LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS - NIGHT</b> Auschwitz is the location of the world's most unforgivable crime — where humanity lost itself.... read more

<b>INT. LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS - NIGHT</b> Auschwitz is the location of the world's most unforgivable crime — where humanity lost itself. An area forever marked with the horrors of xenophobia and a story that filmmakers continuously attempt to display on the screen. While holocaust cinema isn't being worked into the ground like other genres, there hasn't been a breath of fresh air for a while.  <i>The Zone of Interest</i> is that breath. From the get-go, you're engulfed back into Auschwitz, except in this film, there is a gorgeous house bordering the concentration camp. Immediately this large grey wall hiding the atrocities is juxtaposed with the family's beautiful garden, which their mother wishes to continue improving, never mind the continuous screaming and low rumbling furnace in the area. What <i>Johnathan Glazer</i> does with the sound design of this film is incredible; through audio alone, you're left with a sense of dread; how could you sleep when all you can hear are screams? The film opens with a black screen and an audio scape, immediately setting the tone.  <i>The Zone of Interest</i> layers many elements to create a narrative worth seeing. A narrative we know but in a brand new presentation.  <b>FADE OUT.</b>

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A Review by msbreviews 8

Written by msbreviews on 2023-10-11

FULL SPOILER-FREE REVIEW @ https://fandomwire.com/the-zone-of-interest-bfi-london-film-festival-review-one-of-the-most-important-films-of-ou... read more

FULL SPOILER-FREE REVIEW @ https://fandomwire.com/the-zone-of-interest-bfi-london-film-festival-review-one-of-the-most-important-films-of-our-time/ "The Zone of Interest is one of the most memorable, remarkable films of the last few years. Jonathan Glazer achieves a fascinating dissociation between the general tone of the movie and the mundane actions of the protagonist family, portraying the unbelievably shocking global apathy in the face of the greatest crime in human history. An extremely complicated viewing, excruciatingly frustrating, full of negative emotions, and not very accessible to the general public. The atmospheric, static cinematography, together with the powerful score and especially the background sounds that will haunt any viewer, justify the use of the term "masterpiece" to technically describe the film. But more important than discussing technicalities and the explored themes, or rating a movie like this, is learning from the mistakes of the past that sadly insist on persevering..." Rating: ?

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A Review by Geronimo1967 7

Written by Geronimo1967 on 2023-11-23

Christian Friedel is quite effective in his portrayal of the Nazi commandant Rudolf Höss here. He and wife Hedwig (Sandra Hüller) offer us o... read more

Christian Friedel is quite effective in his portrayal of the Nazi commandant Rudolf Höss here. He and wife Hedwig (Sandra Hüller) offer us one of the most stark contradictions I think I've ever seen on screen. The beautifully manicured garden of a delightful family home with an unique next door neighbour. That would be the Auschwitz concentration camp of which he was in control. We follow his selection to run the place, his increasing role in implementing the extermination processes and then gradually, as he is promoted again, their realisation that the idyllic life they want for themselves is doomed. It's the brutal comparisons that work best here. We don't really see anything graphic on screen, that's all left to our already well enough developed imagination. The blissful ignorance of their children, the ample supply of food and the prevailing attitudes that nothing at all is amiss compares frighteningly with the real life ghastliness of those just a few feet across a large concrete wall. I suppose it could have more meat on it's bones - maybe just a little too much is left to our own interpretation and it can be a little slow at times, but it still delivers well as a template for just how many people thought the mass killings was hardly more important than whether or not they'd run out of eggs. It's not an history lesson - there are corners cut and licence is certainly taken with some of the timelines, but it's still a poignant look at human behaviour that's well worth a watch.

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A Review by Brent_Marchant 7

Written by Brent_Marchant on 2024-01-28

Some movies just have to be seen, even if they make for a difficult watch, and writer-director Jonathan Glazer’s latest is one of those pict... read more

Some movies just have to be seen, even if they make for a difficult watch, and writer-director Jonathan Glazer’s latest is one of those pictures. While this offering is at times a bit uneven, when it’s on, it’s on, leaving a powerfully indelible mark on viewers, one that you feel in your gut and your heart and can’t get out of your mind. The film tells the unnerving story of the family of Auschwitz commandant Rudolf Höss (Christian Friedel). They reside directly next door to the infamous Nazi concentration camp, somehow managing to live seemingly “normal” lives in the shadow of this horrendously notorious facility. What’s most chilling, however, is that the family seems largely oblivious to the atrocities taking place on their doorstep, focusing more on their social activities and material possessions instead, even with the routine sounds of gunfire and the sight of billowing smoke from mass crematoriums filling the surrounding skies. In portraying this, the filmmaker doesn’t need to resort to graphic, gratuitous imagery to make his point about the unspeakable acts unfolding so close to home; comparatively simpler depictions of these events (and their aftermath) speak volumes instead, creating some of the most implicitly unsettling sights ever captured on film. As a consequence, this approach really makes one wonder how anybody could be so wantonly callous and unfeeling, making for truly troubling viewing. Yet it’s also the kind of imagery that has to be seen for its full impact to sink in. This Oscar nominee for best picture – and the recipient of numerous other competition and film festival accolades throughout awards season – richly deserves the attention it has garnered, even if it’s an inherently disturbing watch (sensitive viewers take note). To be sure, there are some pacing issues that could stand to be rectified, and a few story threads could use better clarity, but the picture’s superb cinematography and fine performances by its excellent ensemble cast (especially Sandra Hüller as the commandant’s self-absorbed wife) are undeniably noteworthy. This might be a film that no one wants to screen – but that everybody nevertheless should.

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A Review by BornKnight 9

Written by BornKnight on 2024-02-21

The Zone of Interest is a 2023 historical drama film written and directed by Jonathan Glazer, loosely based on the 2014 novel by Martin Amis... read more

The Zone of Interest is a 2023 historical drama film written and directed by Jonathan Glazer, loosely based on the 2014 novel by Martin Amis, that based herself on the life that Rudolf Höss, Nazi commandant of Auschwitz concentration camp from 1940-43 must had in that time in his residence, just at the side of the camp. It premiered at the 76th Cannes Film Festival, winning both the Grand Prix and FIPRESCI Prize. For the 96th Academy Awards, it received 5 nominations (including Best Motion Picture, Best International Feature Film, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Sound) - for me best sound is almost a win, and have great chances for best international movie and adapted screenplay. Both Christian Friedel as Rudolf Höss and Sandra Hüller (from Anatomy of a Fall) as Hedwig Höss are exceptional in their roles. It focus on the idyllic live of the Nazi commander, in his house on the most normal life conditions, while the Holocaust and the killing machine he created works at just some meters of distance. The camera focus on medium and large plans, often showing the life of the dreams, but on the horizon we often see signs of the terror like smoke from the locomotives and from the enormous chimneys at the distance. We also have other signs, extremely subtle, like the sound of shouts and shots at the background, that only shows as more close in rare sequences. Other sequences like the girl, shoot in Infrared that left at night apples and fruits for the camp workers are just haunting (and the cause of one of the more aggressive shout sequence I mention above). Interesting enough is the view as close the view of the concentration camp is on the movie in the past, and in the present as a memorial. Both are unmistakable, but in either vision a far cry from what the reality must have been inside them. For the movie is a 8.6 from 10.0 / A- and a must see for 2024.

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A Review by MovieGuys 8

Written by MovieGuys on 2024-02-21

The Zone of Interest takes the notion of the "banality of evil", back to its true origin, the family home. All human evil starts with a ... read more

The Zone of Interest takes the notion of the "banality of evil", back to its true origin, the family home. All human evil starts with a home. In this instance, the home of a concentration camp commander, Rudolf Höss, of Auschwitz and his family. The laid back ease of middle class family life, of an upper management level Nazi, is juxtaposed with suffering of people (Jews, Gypsies, Homosexuals, political dissidents and yes even a few allied soldiers in latter years), who quite literally reside, over the fence, in the concentration camp, Hoss oversees. This is a quietly horrifying film where the an idyllic and wholly familiar family setting is punctured, by the occasional sounds of misery and death, emanating from over the fence. Smoke stacks, burn human remains, that rise beyond the family fence line, a compelling river scene sees a Hoss family outing disrupted by human ash floating with the waters current. Suffice to say, The Zone of Interest is not an overtly violent film. Violence is hinted at and as we can see is psychologically and physically partitioned off, from the peaceful home life, of Hoss and his family. This is a compelling film but I did feel it overplayed its hand somewhat with discordant music and oddly dissonant night vision scenes, with a girl apparently trying to help the victims of the camps, by leaving food for them, at work sites, concealed next to their tools. In summary, a compelling film that looks openly and honestly, at where evil resides.

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A Review by Lachlan Thiele

<b>INT. LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS - NIGHT</b> Auschwitz is the location of the world's most unforgivable crime — where humanity lost itself. An area forever marked with the horrors of xenophobia and a story that filmmakers continuously atte...

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A Review by lachlanthiele 9

Written by lachlanthiele on 2023-05-28

<b>INT. LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS - NIGHT</b> Auschwitz is the location of the world's most unforgivable crime — where humanity lost itself. An area forever marked with the horrors of xenophobia and a...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by msbreviews 8

Written by msbreviews on 2023-10-11

FULL SPOILER-FREE REVIEW @ https://fandomwire.com/the-zone-of-interest-bfi-london-film-festival-review-one-of-the-most-important-films-of-our-time/ "The Zone of Interest is one of the most memorabl...

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A Review by Geronimo1967 7

Written by Geronimo1967 on 2023-11-23

Christian Friedel is quite effective in his portrayal of the Nazi commandant Rudolf Höss here. He and wife Hedwig (Sandra Hüller) offer us one of the most stark contradictions I think I've ever seen o...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by Brent_Marchant 7

Written by Brent_Marchant on 2024-01-28

Some movies just have to be seen, even if they make for a difficult watch, and writer-director Jonathan Glazer’s latest is one of those pictures. While this offering is at times a bit uneven, when it’...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by BornKnight 9

Written by BornKnight on 2024-02-21

The Zone of Interest is a 2023 historical drama film written and directed by Jonathan Glazer, loosely based on the 2014 novel by Martin Amis, that based herself on the life that Rudolf Höss, Nazi comm...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by MovieGuys 8

Written by MovieGuys on 2024-02-21

The Zone of Interest takes the notion of the "banality of evil", back to its true origin, the family home. All human evil starts with a home. In this instance, the home of a concentration camp com...

read more