An Oscar for Sam Spiegel

When Lazlo Nemes’ Son of Saul won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film there was jubilation in Israel, and not only because the movie is about the Holocaust and breaks new ground in its realism. The founders and staff of the Sam Spiegel International Film Lab, launched in 2011 by the Sam Spiegel Film & Television School, Jerusalem, were especially pleased, because Son of Saul was developed in the Lab.

Speaking not long after the win, Renen Schorr, the founding director of the Lab, as well as of the Sam Spiegel School, and Ifat Tubi, the Lab’s associate director, reflected on what this triumph means, the Lab’s other successes and their plans for the future.


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