Synopsis: 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, a process both vivid and energetic. The second step is exploration of the text. Shakespeare’s universal language helps the inmate-actors to identify with their characters. 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.
Who is Giovanni, who plays Caesar? Who is Salavtore-Brutus? For which crimes have they been sentenced to prison? The film does not hide this.
The wonder and pride for the play do not always free the inmates from the exasperation of being incarcerated. Their angry confrontations put the show in danger. On the anticipated but feared day of opening night, the audience is numerous and diversified: inmates, actors, students, directors.
Julius Caesar is brought back to life, but this time on a stage inside a prison. It’s a success.
Salvatore Striano – Bruto
Giovanni Arcuri – Cesare
Antonio Frasca – Marcantonio
Juan Dario Bonetti – Decio
Vincenzo Gallo – Lucio
Rosario Majorana – Metello
Francesco De Masi – Trebonio
Gennaro Solito – Cinna
Vittorio Parrella – Casca
Pasquale Crapetti – Legionary
Francesco Carusone – Fortune Teller
Fabio Rizzuto – Stratone
Fabio Cavalli – Theatre Director
Maurilio Giaffreda – Ottavio
Paolo Taviani (screenplay)
Vittorio Taviani (screenplay)
Winner: Grand Jury Prize, Berlin International Film Festival, 2012
Winner: Golden Berlin Bear, Berlin International Film Festival, 2012
Winner: Best Film and Best Director, EuroCinema Hawai'i Award, 2012
Winner: Best Film, Best Director, Best Producer, Best Editing, Best Sound, David deDonatello Awards, 2012
Winner: Silver Ribbon of the Year, Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists, 2012
Winner: FPRESCI Prize, Best Actor, Palm Springs International Film Festival, 2013
Winner: Honorable Mention, Philadelphia Film Festival, 2012
Nominated: Best Film, Best Director, Best Editor, European Film Awards, 2012
Nominated: Best Film, Best Director, Golden Globes Italy, 2012
Nominated: ALFS Award, Foreign Language Film of the Year, London Critics Circle Film Awards, 2012
Nominated: Official Competition Award, Sydney Film Festival, 2012