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by Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani


The performance of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar comes to an end and the performers are rewarded with rapturous applause. The lights go out; the actors leave the stage and return to their cells. They are all inmates of the Roman maximum security prison Rebibbia. One of them comments: ‘Ever since I discovered art this cell has truly become a prison’. Filmmakers Paolo and Vittorio Taviani spent six months following rehearsals for this stage production; their film demonstrates how the universality of Shakespeare’s language helps the actors to understand their roles and immerse themselves in the bard’s interplay of friendship and betrayal, power, dishonesty and violence.

international title: Caesar Must Die
original title: Cesare deve morire
country: Italy
sales agent: Rai Trade
year: 2012
genre: fiction
directed by: Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani
film run: 76'
release date: IT 02/03/2012, SI 13/06/2012, HR 20/09/2012, CZ 27/09/2012, GR 27/09/2012, FR 17/10/2012, BE 17/10/2012, PT 01/11/2012, DK 05/11/2012, NO 16/11/2012, ES 23/11/2012, SE 07/12/2012, DK 3/12/2012, NL 13/12/2012, DE 26/12/2012, PL 18/01/2013, GB 01/03/2013
screenplay: Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani
cast: Cosimo Rega, Salvatore Striano, Giovanni Arcuri, Antonio Frasca, Juan Dario Bonetti, Vincenzo Gallo, Rosario Majorana, Francesco De Masi, Gennaro Solito, Vittorio Parrella
cinematography by: Simone Zampagni
film editing: Roberto Perpignani
music: Giuliano Taviani, Carmelo Travia
producer: Grazia Volpi, Donatella Palermo, Agnese Fontana, Laura Andreini Salerno, Cecilia Valmarana
production: Kaos Cinematografica
backing: Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali - Direzione Generale per il cinema, Rai Cinema, Stemal Entertainment, Le Talee, La Ribalta-Centro Studi Enrico Maria Salerno
distributor: Sacher Distribuzione, Cinemien, Ama Films, Bellissima Films, Abc Distribution, ActionFilm AS, Alambique, Golem Distribución, Camino Filmverleih, New Wave Films, Vertigo Media


main awards/selection

Berlinale 2012 Best film
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2012 
New York Film Festival 2012 
CPHDOX Festival 2012 
Stockholm International Film Festival 2012 
FAF Belgrade 2012 
David di Donatello 2012 Best film
Best director
Best production
Best editor
Best Live Sound Engineer (Benito Alchimede and Brando Mosca)
Nastri d'argento 2012 Nastro of the Year

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