Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival

Films

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

Crew:

Screenplay: Brigitte Sy, Gaelle Macé
Production: Mathieu Bompoint, Claire Trinquet
Cinematography: Frédéric Serve

Les Mains Libres

A film by Brigitte Sy

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Barbara (Ronit Elkabetz) is a French filmmaker who is developing a film written and performed by inmates. To better understand its functioning and internal dynamics, she visits the prison every week, meeting with the inmates.

But her plans are interrupted when she initiates a romantic relationship with Michel (Carlo Brandt), one of the inmates involved in the film project.
  • Cast:

    Ronit Elkabetz, Carlo Brandt, Camille Figuereo, Noémie Lvovsky
  • Original Title:

    Les Mains Libres
  • Country:

    France
  • Year:

    2010
  • 100' FR

Crew:

Screenplay: Brigitte Sy, Gaelle Macé
Production: Mathieu Bompoint, Claire Trinquet
Cinematography: Frédéric Serve

Schedule

Medeia Nimas Cinema

Followed by conversation with the director
6€

Director

Brigitte Sy

The French director and actress Brigitte Sy began her career as a director in 2009, with the short film L'Endroit Idéal. In 2010, she directed her first feature film, Les Mains Libres, and in 2015, L’Astragale, an adaptation of Albertine Sarrazin's autobiographical novel, and Les Ogres.

As an actress she has worked on films such as Philippe Garrel's The Regular Lovers, Valérie Donzelli's Declaration of War, or Cédric Kahn's A Better Life.
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