December 1, 2022

SMHEC Cinema Series Features ‘Son of Saul’

SMHEC film festival continues
The Fall 2016 World Cinema Series is being presented at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center in California, MD. There is free admission to the series.

Showing Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, at 6:30 pm is “Son of Saul,” from director László Nemes.

“Son of Saul” (2015), from Hungary, is a Holocaust film focusing on one man’s quest to find humanity during the horrors of his job in a concentration camp.

“Few people remain who can testify as to what life was like inside a Nazi death camp, but something about ‘Son of Saul’ — a Holocaust movie unlike any other — feels intuitively true. It depicts a technological perversion, a death factory that, for its function, depends on an absence of emotion. ‘Son of Saul,’ a prohibitive favorite to win the best foreign language Oscar this year, presents horror with little drama. The opening sequence achieves the outer limits of film art. Movies simply don’t get more powerful than this,” reads a January 2016 movie review from The San Francisco Chronicle.

Nemes, a first-time director, did go on to win the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

The higher education center is at 44219 Airport Road in California, MD 20619; 301-737-2500.

The international films shown at the higher ed center have won rave reviews and growing audiences.

Other films scheduled in the 2016 series are:

At 6:30 pm Thursday, Nov. 10 — “Intouchables” (2011) by directors Oliver Nakache and Eric Toledano.

At 6:30 pm Thursday, Dec. 8 — “Theeb” (2014) by director Naji Abu Nowar.

At 6:30 pm Thursday, Jan. 12 — “Wild Tales” (2014) by director an Szifron.

Last fall, the series presented such films as “Ida” (2013), a Polish drama film directed by Paweł Pawlikowski ; “Micmacs” (2009), a comedy from French writer and director Jean-Pierre Jeunet; “Leviathan” (2014), a drama from Russian writer and director Andrey Zvyagintsev; and “Where Do We Go Now?” (2011) from Lebanese director Nadine Labaki.

Other upcoming events at Southern Maryland Higher Education Center include an open house from 4 to 7 pm Nov. 2, 2016. Visit for a schedule of classes being offered.

SMHEC is at 44219 Airport Road in California, MD 20619; 301-737-2500.

To learn more about the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, visit their Leader Member page.

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