Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival

Films

Thematic programmes - Breaking the Bars: Culture as freedom and resistance inside prisons

Festivals and Awards:

Berlin International Film Festival 2012 - Golden Bear for Best Film

Crew:

Screenplay: Vittorio Taviani, Paolo Taviani 
Production: Grazia Volpi
Cinematography: Simone Zampagni

Cesare deve morire

A film by Vittorio & Paolo Taviani

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Mixing reality with fiction, the Taviani brothers recreate, on the one hand, a part of the theatrical performance of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, with inmates from Rebibia prison; and, on the other hand, the process and rehearsals that allowed the performance of the show. The actors/prisoners emerge in their characters in such a way that their own stories blend in with the story they represent. The spectator is lulled by the stories, he also loses the notion of the limit that exists between reality and fiction.

“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. To get to the bottom of a work like this, you have to look at yourself.”  
Taviani Brothers
  • Cast:

    Salvatore Striano, Fabio Rizzuto, Cosimo Rega, Giovanni Arcuri, Fabio Cavalli
  • Original Title:

    Cesare deve morire
  • Country:

    Italy
  • Year:

    2012
  • 76' IT, Subtitles: PT

Festivals and Awards:

Berlin International Film Festival 2012 - Golden Bear for Best Film

Crew:

Screenplay: Vittorio Taviani, Paolo Taviani 
Production: Grazia Volpi
Cinematography: Simone Zampagni

Schedule

Centro Cultural Olga Cadaval Acácio Barreiros Auditorium

With the presence of Roberto Perpignani
6€

Director

Vittorio & Paolo Taviani

Paolo Taviani was born in San Miniato (Pisa), on November 8, 1931. Vittorio Taviani was born in San Miniato, on September 20, 1929. The brothers, Paolo and Vittorio, have always worked together, as directors and screenwriters, in their films. They made their directorial debut in the early 1960s, and directed documentaries and fictional films. Together they won the Palme D'Or at the Cannes Film Festival with the film Padre Padrone in 1977 and the Grand Jury Prize in 1982 with La Notte Di San Lorenzo. In 1986, they were awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, which distinguished their careers. 

In 2012, they won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival for the film Cesare Deve Morire. Vittorio, the oldest of the brothers, died in 2018, but Paolo continues to direct and work as a screenwriter.
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