The latest by veteran Italian filmmakers the Taviani brothers depicts the production of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar by inmates at the high-security wing of Rome’s Rebibbia prison. Through an innovative hybrid of documentary and fiction, the film seamlessly incorporates their rehearsals, and thus the Bard’s play, into their prison lives, providing a touching human portrait as well as an accessible and convincing tribute to Shakespeare’s craft. This year’s Golden Bear winner is a true masterpiece that works as a stirring testament to the power of art.
Cäsar muss sterben (Caesar Must Die) | Directed by Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani (Italy 2012) with Cosimo Rega, Salvatore Striano. Starts December 27