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    Why ‘Zone Of Interest’ Director Jonathan Glazer’s Oscar Speech Is Wildly Controversial

    ‘The Zone of Interest’ ever since its release has been praised for how well thought out it is. The movie has won several awards including the Academy Awards 2024 for Best International Feature Film, 2 BAFTA awards, and a lot more. Currently, the movie has an IMDB rating of 7.5 and has 93% on Rotten Tomatoes.

    Despite the Oscars 2024 not being as controversial, The Director of ‘The Zone of Interest’ Jonathan Glazer has been under a lot of fire after his speech. While collecting the awards Glazer Decided to relate his thoughts behind the movie to the ongoing situation between Israel and Gaza. 

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    What Was Jonathan Glazer’s Oscar 2024 Speech About?

    Jonathan Glazer giving his speech
    Jonathan Glazer giving his speech

    While quoting his movie Glazer compared the present from the past. “All our choices were made to reflect and confront us in the present, not to say, ‘Look what they did then’; rather, ‘what we do now.’” Glazer said, reading a prepared speech. “Our film shows where dehumanization leads at its worst. It’s shaped all of our past and present.” 

    The British director, despite being of Jewish descent, took a stand against the ongoing Israel Military bombardment of Gaza. “Right now, we stand here as men who refute their Jewishness. And the Holocaust being hijacked by an occupation which has led to conflict for so many innocent people.” Whether the victims of October the 7th in Israel or the ongoing attack on Gaza. All the victims of this dehumanization, how do we resist?” said Glazer.

    The speech got a lot of positive affirmation from the audience at the Oscars. However, a lot of people were outraged by Glazer’s speech. This was because his speech got misquoted a lot leading to a lot of confusion around whether he had refuted his Jewishness. A lot of Jewish organizations were against the idea claiming that Glazer was ‘hijacking’ the holocaust.

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    What Was ‘Zone Of Interest’ About?

    A still from Zone of Interest directed by Jonathan Glazer
    A still from Zone of Interest

    The Zone of interest focused on the family of Rudolf Hoess. Rudolf was the longest-serving commandant of Auschwitz who lived very close to the camp. Furthermore, While the ongoing screams and cries from the camp are audible in their house Rudolf alongside his wife and children carries on like nothing unordinary is happening.

    The whole arc of the movie was deemed unsettling and horrifying by its audience. People claimed that the movie was excellently portrayed. Throughout the movie, there is no scene of Auschwitz itself. However, the audience can easily feel the ongoing horrors that occurred inside the camp.

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    Vanshika Minakshi
    Vanshika Minakshi
    Vanshika is a content writer at FirstCuriosity, diving into the vibrant universe of celebrities, movies, and TV shows with fervor. Her passion extends beyond her professional endeavors, as she immerses herself in the realms of rap music and video games, constantly seeking inspiration from diverse sources. She is a business student with a knack for marketing blending analytical insights with creative instincts to craft compelling narratives. When not working you can find her spending times with her beloved pet dogs or watching true crime documentaries. Additionally, she has over 40 published articles exploring the exhilarating realm of eSports and profiling popular streamers, showcasing her expertise and passion for gaming culture.

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