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Winner of the Golden Bear at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival, Caesar Must Die follows the inmates of the high-security Rebibbia prison as they rehearse a performance of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. Critically lauded, this festival highlight is an absolute must-see.
Shakespeare’s scenes play out in the prison cells and courtyard, as inmates let the rehearsals infiltrate their day-to-day lives. Tensions rumble to the surface as the play unearths suppressed feelings.
Veteran filmmakers the Taviani brothers delve back into the docudrama territory of their 1977 Palme d’Or winner Padre padrone. Performed by convicted criminals, the film blurs the boundaries between drama and reality. Working as an actor since his release from Rebibbia, Salvatore Striano delivers a powerfully raw performance as Brutus.
Caesar Must Die finds the common ground between Shakespeare’s play and cell life: corruption, collusion and betrayal. But above all, a film of genuine humanity and compassion is exquisitely revealed. (AIFF)
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