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Caesar Must Die

Caesar Must Die

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  • Thu 21 Nov ’13, 8:30pm
  • Sun 24 Nov ’13, 1:00pm
  • Tue 26 Nov ’13, 3:30pm


MTG Century Theatre, 9 Herschell Street, Napier


All Ages


MTG Hawke's Bay

Caesar Must Die
Cesare deve morire
2012 Drama Italian with English subtitles 76 mins

2012 Berlin Film Festival: Winner - Golden Bear; 2012 David di Donatello Awards:
Winner - Best Director, Best Editing, Best Film, Best Producer, Best Sound; 2012 Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists: Winner - Silver Ribbon of the Year

Winner of the coveted Golden Bear at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival, ‘Caesar Must Die’ follows the inmates of the high-security Rebibbia prison as they rehearse for a performance of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. Critically lauded, this festival highlight is an absolute must-see.

Shakespeare’s legendary scenes play out in the prison cells and courtyard, as the rehearsal process infiltrates the inmates’ day-to-day lives. Tensions between the prisoners rumble to the surface as life imitates art, and the Shakespearian tragedy provides the context for revelations of feelings of fraternity, power and betrayal.

Veteran filmmakers the Taviani brothers delve back into the docudrama territory of their 1977 Palme d’Or winner ‘Padre Padrone’. Performed by actual convicted criminals, the film blurs the boundaries between drama and reality. Working as an actor since his release from Rebibbia in 2006, Salvatore Striano delivers a powerfully raw performance as Brutus.

‘Caesar Must Die’ finds the common ground between Shakespeare’s play and cell life: corruption, collusion and betrayal. But above all, a film of genuine humanity and compassion is exquisitely revealed.

“A fascinating encounter between theatre and reality” – Hollywood Reporter

Directors: Paolo Taviani & Vittorio Taviani
Starring: Salvatore Striano, Cosimo Rega and Giovanni Arcuri
Rating: M contains offensive language

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