Oscar could be 'poisoned gift,' winning director of 'Son of Saul' says

BUDAPEST, Hungary -- The director of "Son of Saul," the Hungarian film that won the Academy Award for best foreign-language film, says the Oscar could be a "poisoned gift" and it will take "skill, wisdom and good luck" to avoid being crushed by the honour.

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Laszlo Nemes said he would put the Oscar in a display case "and hopefully I won't see it every day."

Nemes said Wednesday concentrating on one person, a Jewish prisoner forced to dispose of victims in a Nazi death camp, was important to him to "understand the individual."

Nemes said Steven Spielberg told him that "Son of Saul" greatly contributed to the collective memory of the Holocaust and that he hadn't expected that it would take so long after his 1993 "Schindler's List" to make such a film.



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