Skip to main content

The Zone of Interest

This event has passed

When Under the Skin director Jonathan Glazer makes a film — this is only his fourth feature in 23 years — it’s always essential viewing. And so it proves with this free adaptation of the 2014 novel by the late Martin Amis. Indeed, when it premiered in Cannes The Times called it “a landmark movie, hugely important,” while The Hollywood Reporter described “a devastating Holocaust drama like no other.” Sandra Hüller (Anatomy of a Fall) plays Hedwig Höss, mother of five, wife to Rudolph (Christian Friedel). They live in an idyllic villa, a river running alongside the bucolic garden, literally a stone’s throw from Rudolph’s place of work — he’s Camp Commandant at Auschwitz. Hedwig’s concerns are domestic, and most of the film takes place within the home; Glazer opted to use ten fixed cameras within this space, operated by remote control, to remove authorial judgment from the mise-en-scene. Of course that choice in itself implies a kind of judgment, and The Zone of Interest offers an account of moral solipsism which is both chilling and unforgettable, all the more so for its scrupulous restraint.

Director

Jonathan Glazer

Cast

Christian Friedel, Sandra Hüller

Credits
Country of Origin

USA/UK/Poland

Year

2023

Language

In German and Polish with English subtitles

Awards

Grand Prix, Cannes Film Festival; Best International Film, Best Sound, Academy Awards

19+
106 min

Book Tickets

This event has passed.

Credits

Producer

Jim Wilson, Ewa Puszczyńska

Screenwriter

Jonathan Glazer

Cinematography

Łukasz Żal

Editor

Paul Watts

Original Music

Mica Levi

Production Design

Chris Oddy

Also Playing

July Rhapsody

Ann Hui's newly restored 2002 film is a moving and sympathetic portrait of a 40-year-old school teacher (Jacky Cheung) going through a rocky patch with his wife (Anita Mui) while fending off a flirtatious student (Vancouver-born Karena Lam).

VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre VIFF Centre - Lochmaddy Studio Theatre

Evil Does Not Exist

After the international success of Drive My Car, Ryûsuke Hamaguchi quietly made this small-scale independent film, a work of simplicity and grace about a rural community and the developers who want to built a "glamping" retreat in the woods.

VIFF Centre - Lochmaddy Studio Theatre VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre

Wilfred Buck

Affectionately known as "the star guy", Wilfred Buck is our guide to the ancient astrology of the First Nations. Lisa Jackson's film brings his teachings to life, while also exploring how Buck transcended his troubled youth to become a beloved teacher.

VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre VIFF Centre - Lochmaddy Studio Theatre

La Chimera

Rohrwacher's first feature since Happy As Lazzaro is an exhilaratingly wild, mysterious, rough and tumble tale of a disheveled English tomb raider (Josh O'Connor) living with a roisterous group of Italian bohemians: singers, smugglers and petty thieves.

VIFF Centre - Lochmaddy Studio Theatre