Watch: A24’s Behind-the-Scenes Featurette for ‘The Zone of Interest’
by Alex Billington February 2, 2024Source: YouTube
“I wanted to avoid the artifice of cinema.” A24 has revealed a behind-the-scenes featurette for The Zone of Interest, the Best Picture nominated Holocaust film from British filmmaker Jonathan Glazer (of Sexy Beast, Birth, Under the Skin). It premiered at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival last year, and after opening in December, ended up with a total of five Oscar nominations – including Best Director and Best Sound. This film is about the Nazi commandant of Auschwitz, Rudolf Höss, and his family who live inside a nice house located adjacent to this horrible concentration camp in Poland. It stars Christian Friedel and Sandra Hüller as the couple, with Freya Kreutzkam, Max Beck, Imogen Kogge, Ralph Herforth. In this featurette, Glazer and his Polish DP Łukasz Żal talk about filming this with cameras hidden in the house, and natural lighting, to make it as authentic and immersive as possible. Yes this is an outstanding film that deserves to be seen on the big screen – to experience the unsettling sound behind this banality of evil story.
Here’s the behind-the-scenes featurette for Jonathan Glazer’s The Zone of Interest, on A24’s YouTube:
You can rewatch the first trailer for Glazer’s The Zone of Interest here, and the second official trailer here.
The commandant of Auschwitz, Rudolf Höss (Christian Friedel), and his wife Hedwig (Sandra Hüller), strive to build a dream life for their family in a house and garden next to the camp. The Zone of Interest is both written and directed by acclaimed British filmmaker Jonathan Glazer, director of the feature films Sexy Beast, Birth, and Under the Skin previously, as well as many other music videos and shorts. Adapted from the novel of the same name written by Martin Amis, published in 2014. Produced by Ewa Puszczynska and James Wilson. Featuring a score by Mica Levi. This initially premiered at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival last year (read our review), where it won the Grand Prix second place prize. A24 first released Glazer’s The Zone of Interest in select US theaters starting on December 15th, 2023 last year. Playing in cinemas now.