Documentary - Completed 2005

    • Year of production
    • 2005
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 0.3 - 0.6 M$
    • Duration
    • 80 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Mirjam KUBESCHA
    • Writer(s)
    • Mirjam KUBESCHA
    • Producer(s)
    • Mirjam KUBESCHA
    • Synopsis
    • Critic "VARIETY.com" by Jay Weissenberg
      HOODLUM isn't the word that springs to mind as a group of actors indulge in joyous mayhem at the start of Mirjiam Kubescha's surprising docu but, when it's revealed that these performers are also prisoners, the title takes on a more varied meaning. ...
      U.S. auds used to "Oz"may be surprised by the degree of freedom awarded this odd assortment of killers and thieves, who've built their own theater within prison walls and regularly get leave to tour Italy.
      Pic focuses on rehearsals for both "The Threepenny Opera" ...
      "Mack the Knife" takes on a whole new dimension when sung by someone locked away for murder....
      The prisoners speak with dedication and warmth about their new vocation, though pic's most powerful moment comes when they address the camera and tell what they wanted to be when they grew up....
      That said, Kubescha´s point that prison doesn't do enough to rehabilitate inmates is certainly on target, and after seeing Vincenzo Lo Monaco (serving a life sentence for murder) capture Kurt Weill's edgy humor perfectly, and talk about life behind bars movingly, it's difficult not to feel some of these guys deserve a second chance.
      Tech credits are tops, with d.p. Sophie Maintigneux's omnipresent camera obviously unthreatening and continually creative. Hand-held work is nicely controlled, and intense close-ups heighten the unexpected emotional impact."
      By Boyd van Hoeij
      "...both caring and cruel."
      "An coherent, powerful film, making the fine line between ecstasy and comprehension physically noticeable."
      (Barbara Wurm, DOK Leipzig 2006)
      "Kubescha´s camera (managed by Sophie Maintigneux and Pawel Sobczyk) seems to be part of the daily prison-life, so unthreatening it is mixed up in the rehearsals of the singing and dancing prisoners, shows their sweating bodies in the italian summerheat, in such a natural way these men expose laconically their stories and their guns."
      (Pepe Egger, DER STANDARD, 21./22.10.2006)