“Since I discovered art, this cell has become a prison.” (Cosimo Rega, prisoner, who plays Cassius)
Filmed at Rome’s Rebibbia Maximum Security Prison, the Taviani (Paolo and Vittorio) brothers’ documentary, Cesare Deve Morire, was winner of the Golden Bear at the last year’s Berlin International Film Festival. The documentary follows the lives of prisoners (average time imprisoned: 10 years) from the day they are told they will stage a production of “Julius Caesar,” through the weeks of preparations and rehearsals, on to the climatic public performance. The documentary (primarily shot in black & white) is not so much concerned with the background and prison lives of the prisoners, but how Shakespeare affects their lives.
You can watch the YouTube trailer (with English subtitles) here.