The Zone of Interest Trailer Teases A24’s Critically Acclaimed Holocaust Drama

The Zone of Interest Trailer Teases A24’s Critically Acclaimed Holocaust Drama


Summary

  • The Zone of Interest is a powerful historical drama that examines the mundanity of existing in the midst of horror, following a Nazi commandant as he builds his family next to the Auschwitz concentration camp.
  • The film has received critical acclaim for its unique representation of the Holocaust and its visceral audio that depicts unseen tragedy.
  • The Zone of Interest explores everyday evil and the peripheral atrocities that are impossible to ignore, making it a haunting and singular piece of work.


From writer/director Jonathan Glazer and starring Sandra Hüller, Christian Friedel, and Ralph Herforth, the new trailer for the powerful historical drama The Zone of Interest has been unveiled. Coming courtesy of A24, The Zone of Interest promises to be a difficult but profound cinematic experience, as the film examines the mundanity of existing when surrounded by horror as it follows a Nazi commandant as he builds his family while living next to the Auschwitz concentration camp. You can watch the first trailer for The Zone of Interest below:

Alongside the first footage from the film, you can also read the stark synopsis here:

“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.”

Written and directed by Jonathan Glazer (Under the Skin), and loosely based on the 2014 novel of the same name by Martin Amis, The Zone of Interest stars Christian Friedel as Rudolf Höss, the SS officer and commandant of the Auschwitz concentration camp alongside Sandra Hüller, Johann Karthaus, Nele Ahrensmeier, Lilli Falk, Christian Friedel, Freya Kreutzkam, and Medusa Knopf.

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The Zone of Interest Has Been Met With Critical Acclaim

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The Zone of Interest premiered at the 76th Cannes Film Festival back in May and was met with critical acclaim from those in attendance. MovieWeb’s own Julian Roman commended the film for standing apart “in its representation of the Holocaust.”

“The Zone of Interest explores the cruel indifference of supreme evil. The film stands apart in its representation of the Holocaust. Johnnie Burn deserves to win the Oscar for Best Sound Editing with visceral audio that depicts unseen tragedy.”

David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter echoed these sentiments saying:

“A devastating Holocaust drama like no other, which demonstrates with startling effectiveness [director Jonathan Glazer]’s unerring control of tonal and visual storytelling.”

Variety’s Owen Gleiberman meanwhile praised The Zone of Interest for examining such a dark period of history “under a microscope.”

“It’s a remarkable film — chilling and profound, meditative and immersive, a movie that holds human darkness up to the light and examines it as if under a microscope.”

David Ehrlich of indieWire found The Zone of Interest to be fascinatingly “paradoxical” in the way it approaches the inhuman subject matter with a human touch.

“The approach results in a paradoxical effect: The movie feels guided by a human spirit, but absent of a human touch. The process instills a flattening evenness into a film where the lack of drama becomes deeply sickening unto itself.”

Finally, Total Film’s Matt Maytum awarded The Zone of Interest a perfect 5/5 saying:

“Jonathan Glazer’s haunting Holocaust movie explores everyday evil and proves the peripheral atrocities are impossible to ignore. A singular piece of work.”

The Zone of Interest is scheduled to be released in the United States on 8 December 2023 and has been selected as the British entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 96th Academy Awards.



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