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Prisoners of Bekett

A Feature film by Michka Saäl

Produced by ADR Productions

Release in France : 27/02/2006

    Synopsis

    “Prisonniers de Beckett” is an encounter between two worlds that usually never meet. One consists of poetry and freedom, the other of silence and darkness.
    It’s a true story that begins in a maximum security prison in Sweden, where Jan Jonson, a young actor, decides to mount a production of “Waiting for Godot” with five prisoners.
    The cast’s performances are of such an unique authenticity that Beckett grants the prisoners the rights to his play and follows its progress from his Parisian home.
    A feverish enthusiasm rapidly overtakes everyone: the prison director himself, a man who displays an imaginative spirit rare for someone in his position, and Jan Jonson get permission to let the five actors leave their cells to perform outside in a real theater in Göteborg. This permission is as extraordinary as the event that follows it. “Prisonniers de Beckett” is a film-puzzle, part tragedy, part farce, which reconstructs this adventure and goes in search of its heroes to see what they’re doing today.

    Production and distribution (2)

    Executive Producer :

    ADR Productions

    French distribution :

    Arte France

    Full credits (5)

    Executive Producers :

    Jacques Debs, Delphine Morel

    Director of Photography :

    Sylvestre Guidi

    Editor :

    Nadia Ben Rachid

    Screenwriter :

    Michka Saäl

    Sound Recordist :

    Didier Pecheur

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Production language :

    French, English, Swedish, Spanish

    Production country :

    France

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Production year :

    2005

    French release :

    27/02/2006

    Runtime :

    1 h 30 min

    Current status :

    Visa number :

    109.783

    Visa issue date :

    16/07/2007

    Approval :

    Unknown

    Production formats :

    Digital Beta

    Color type :

    Color

    Rating restrictions :

    None

    Director

    Festival Selections

    Montreal Festival of New Cinema - 2005

    Montreal Festival of New Cinema (Canada, 2005)

    Selection

    International Competition