Winner of the Golden Bear in the Official Competition at the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival, Caesar Must Die is the new movie directed by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, a docu-film focusing on a theater experience inside a prison (Rom ...
A stage inside a prison: Caesar Must Die
Winner of the Golden Bear in the Official Competition at the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival, Caesar Must Die is the new movie directed by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, a docu-film focusing on a theater experience inside a prison (Rome's Rebibbia), in the High Security Section. The cast is led by former inmate turned actor Salvatore Striano and all convicts of the Section. According to the directors, "after passing a number of gates and blockades, we reached a stage where twenty or so inmates, some of them serving life sentences, were reciting Dante's 'Divine Comedy'. They had chosen a few cantos of Hell and were now reliving the pain and torments of Paolo and Francesca, of Count Ugolino, of Ulysses - all in the hell of their own prison… They each spoke in their own dialects, occasionally addressing parallels between the poetic story evoked by the cantos and their own lives. We felt the need to discover through a film how the beauty of their performances was born from those prison cells, from those outcasts that live so far from culture. We suggested Shakespeare's 'Julius Caesar' to Fabio Cavalli, the stage director working with the inmates. We staged it with the collaboration of the inmates, filming in their cells, in the prison yard, the fathoms of the High Security Section and eventually on stage. We tried to contrast the darkness of their life as convicts with the poetic force of the emotions Shakespeare evokes - friendship and betrayal, murder and the torment of difficult choices, the price of power and truth. Reaching deep into a work like this means also looking at yourself, especially when one must leave the stage and return to the confinement of a cell."
The theater in Rome's Rebibbia Prison. A performance of Shakespeare's 'Julius Caesar' has just ended amidst much applause. The lights dim on the actors and they become prisoners once again as they are accompanied back to their cells. Six months earlier, the warden and a theater director speak to the inmates about a new project, the staging of Julius Caesar in the prison. The first step is casting. The second step is exploration of the text. The path is long and full of anxiety, hope and play. These are the feelings accompanying the inmates at night in their prison cells after each day of rehearsal.
Genres: Docu-film, Drama
Country: Italy (2012)
Release Date: 02-03-2012 (Italy)