Updated February 27th, 2024 at 02:03 IST

Oscars 2024: DYK The Real Story Behind The Zone Of Interest Which Is Nominated In 5 Categories?

The Zone of Interest has been nominated in five categories at the Oscars 2024 and here's all you need to know about its real inspiration.

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The Zone of Interest has emerged as a standout among 2024's cinematic offerings, prompting speculation among audiences about its basis in reality. This World War II drama, directed by Jonathan Glazer, delves into the complexities of life within the family of the commandant of the Auschwitz concentration camp. The film has been largely praised by critics and has garnered multiple nominations at the 2024 Oscars, including Best Picture.

What is the inspiration behind The Zone of Interest?

Based on Martin Amis' 2014 novel of the same name, the film revolves around the lives of the Höss family, portraying their attempts to maintain an appearance that nothing has happened amid the atrocities of the Holocaust. Glazer's adaptation, while drawing inspiration from the book, takes creative liberties to explore themes of complicity in genocide and the moral dilemma faced by those involved.



The narrative centres on a Nazi officer's forbidden romance with the commandant's wife, a storyline inspired by the real-life figure of Rudolf Höss, the SS officer who served as the longest-tenured commandant of Auschwitz. Although the film blends fact with fiction, it remains faithful to the historical context, shedding light on the horrors perpetrated during this dark period of human history.


Is The Zone of Interest inspired by a real story?

While the film diverges from certain events depicted in the book, it maintains a focus on the Höss family dynamics and talks about speculative nations where historical records are scarce. Notably, Glazer's adaptation opts for the use of the authentic Höss family name, increasing a heightened sense of realism to the portrayal of Nazi perpetrators.




The Zone of Interest stars Christian Friedel as Rudolf Höss and Sandra Hüller as his wife Hedwig Höss alongside actors like Freya Kreutzkam, Ralph Herforth, Max Beck and Ralf Zillmann. Other than Best Picture, the movie has also been nominated for Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best International Feature Film and Best Sound at the 96th Academy Awards.


Published February 26th, 2024 at 23:10 IST