The winner of the Golden Bear at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival, the captivating new drama from legendary Italian auteurs the Taviani brothers’ follows prison inmates as they rehearse Shakespeare.

Cesare deve morire
Director: Paolo & Vittorio Taviani
Cast: Cosimo Rega, Salvatore Striano, Giovanni Arcuri, Antonio Frasca
Duration: 77 mins
Country of Origin: Italy

MCoarse language

Caesar Must Die

“Friends, Romans, Countrymen; Caesar Must Die is flawless, and must be seen.”
Blake Howard, 2UE

“A cinematic hymn to the power of art.”
A. O. Scott, THE NEW YORK TIMES

“A masterpiece.”
John McDonald, THE AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW

“Humane, intelligent and affecting.”
Geoff Andrew, TIME OUT LONDON

WINNER – GOLDEN BEAR – 2012 BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL
WINNER – 5 ITALIAN OSCARS incl BEST FILM & DIRECTOR

The captivating new drama from legendary Italian auteurs Paolo & Vittorio Taviani (Padre Padrone, Night of the Shooting Stars) follows real-life prison inmates as they rehearse for a performance of Shakespeare’s classic story of honour and power, Julius Caesar.

The film opens at a packed theatre for the night of a premiere. At the play’s conclusion, the performers are rewarded with rapturous applause from the audience. But when the lights go out; the actors leave the stage and return to their cells – Caesar, Brutus and the others. They are all inmates of Rebibbia, a maximum-security jail on the outskirts of Rome, and many are serving life sentences for murder or mafia-linked crimes.

A unique blend of narrative and documentary (whilst the film is fully scripted, all the inmates elect to use their real names and recite their own stories when they are introduced at rehearsals), CAESAR MUST DIE takes audiences behind prison walls to explore the porous boundaries between performance and life. Alternatively fierce and introspective, CAESAR MUST DIE explores the transformative power of art even under the most seemingly impossible of circumstances.

MORE…
Paolo & Vittorio discuss the 2013 Oscars with The New York Times.

Phillippa Hawker interviews the Tavianis for The Age.

The Tavianis and CAESAR MUST DIE profiled by SBS Films.

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