• Mon. Jul 15th, 2024

“The Zone of Interest” is a 2023 drama film directed by , based on the novel by Martin Amis. The film stars and . It explores the chillingly mundane life of a family living next to the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II.


The film follows the lives of Rudolf Höss (), the commandant of Auschwitz, and his wife Hedwig Höss (), who live in a beautiful house just outside the camp's walls. Despite the horrific atrocities happening just beyond their garden, the Höss family strives to maintain a semblance of normalcy, indulging in the idyllic comforts of suburban life.

Hedwig takes pride in her home and garden, hosting parties and raising their children in a seemingly perfect environment. The stark contrast between their serene domestic life and the unimaginable horrors of the Holocaust is unsettling, as the film meticulously documents their daily routines, emphasizing the banality of evil.

The story delves into the psychological and moral dissonance experienced by those who were complicit in the Holocaust, showing how the Höss family compartmentalizes the brutality of their actions. The film doesn't explicitly depict the violence of the concentration camp but instead focuses on the juxtaposition of the idyllic family life and the monstrous reality nearby.


“The Zone of Interest” has been praised for its haunting and thought-provoking portrayal of the Holocaust from a unique perspective. 's direction is lauded for its restraint and the powerful use of visual storytelling. The film's ability to evoke a sense of dread and moral unease without graphic depictions of violence is noted as a significant achievement.

and deliver compelling performances, capturing the chilling normalcy and denial of their characters. Hüller's portrayal of Hedwig Höss, in particular, is highlighted for its complexity, showing a woman who is both complicit in and detached from the horrors surrounding her.

The film's minimalist approach, with its focus on the mundane aspects of the Höss family's life, is both its strength and its point of contention. Some viewers may find the lack of explicit narrative and dialogue challenging, but it serves to underscore the film's theme of the banality of evil.


“The Zone of Interest” has garnered critical acclaim and several accolades:


While “The Zone of Interest” may not be a mainstream blockbuster, it has gained significant attention and praise within the film community for its daring and unconventional approach to depicting the Holocaust. The film's premiere at Cannes and subsequent awards have bolstered its reputation, making it a notable entry in the 2023 film landscape.

The film's thought-provoking subject matter and the critical acclaim it has received ensure that it will be a topic of discussion and analysis for years to come, cementing its place as a significant work in contemporary cinema.

Directed by
Written by
Based on The Zone of Interest
by Martin Amis
Produced by
  • James Wilson
  • Ewa Puszczyńska
Cinematography Łukasz Żal
Edited by Paul Watts
Music by Mica Levi
  • Film4
  • Access
  • Polish Film Institute
  • JW Films
  • Extreme Emotions
Distributed by
  • A24 (United States and United Kingdom)
  • Gutek Film (Poland)
Release dates
  • 19 May 2023 (Cannes)
  • 15 December 2023 (United States)
  • 2 February 2024 (United Kingdom)
  • 9 February 2024 (Poland)
Running time
105 minutes
  • United Kingdom
  • Poland
  • United States
  • German
  • Polish
  • Yiddish


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