Jonathan Glazer’s sparse filmography is about to grow, as details of his Auschwitz-based drama emerge.
Jonathan Glazer doesn’t make many movies. In fact, one of the things he’s known for is the incredibly long gestation periods for his projects. With just three feature films in 19 years, you can imagine how much thought goes into his creative process.
2013’s Under the Skin was his last film, a dark, documentary-style descent into strangeness that you didn’t so much watch as absorb, the film’s title being as apt for its audience as it was for its characters. With the ability to speak with such a creatively unique voice then, it’s no doubt that his next project has been highly anticipated.
Whilst still untitled, Deadline is reporting that Glazer’s next project will be set in the World War II death camp of Auschwitz and feature a story that revolves around a Nazi officer who falls for the wife of the camp’s commandant. The plot is reported to be loosely based on a Martin Amis novel titled The Zone of Interest. It’s probably worth noting that Under the Skin was also, in name at least, a literary adaptation, but took many liberties with its source material.
Amis’ story is told from three narrative perspectives: that of the officer, the commandant and a Jewish sonderkommando interned in the camp. Glazer, who is Jewish, has commented in the past that he wants the camp to be more than just a setting, arguing that it ‘feels wrong’ to use it just for context. Distributor A24 are combining with House Productions and Film4 to back the project. The film is reportedly set to shoot in Poland next summer. No casting has been announced yet but we’d expect it to follow fairly quickly. More news as we have it.
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