Géza Röhrig, Hungarian actor and star of Academy Award-winning film “Son of Saul,” will deliver two lectures to the University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas), on Nov. 6 and 7.
Part of the Ackerman Center for Holocaust
Studies’ annual Burton C. Einspruch Lecture Series, Röhrig’s first talk will
focus on his experience acting in the Hungarian film, which takes place in the
Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II.
His second lecture delves into
the theme of forgiveness.
“'Son of Saul' has moved me to the core,” Dr. Zsuzsanna Ozsváth, the Leah and Paul Lewis professor of Holocaust
Studies, said. “Different from most movies on the Holocaust, it reveals something
about Auschwitz that brings us closer to understanding what happened there. With
the murder out of focus but the events clearly recognizable, it is partly
director László Nemes and the main character, Géza Röhrig’s Saul, that reveal
the heretofore unimaginably brutal attacks on human beings. In fact, Mr.
Röhrig’s acting in "Son of Saul" may be described as one of the most
important performances in the history of film.”
The film, in which Röhrig plays the titular
character, will be screened on Nov. 5, and Röhrig’s first lecture will be followed
by a short reception hosted by the Ackerman Center.
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