In the Open

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    In the Open

    La Liberté

    Directed by

    France

    2017

    146 min

    • French

    Documentary

    An “open” prison located in Corsica, Casabianda contains 130 men who are often serving long sentences for intrafamilial sex crimes. While the original idea was to start with an observation of this unique place of detention, the filmmaker later adopted a different form and modus operandi. Rather than an exploration, In the Open is a “filmic discussion” in which the filmmaker invents a way of talking with the inmates in the course of long sequences. This attitude does not follow the notion of redemption – this is not at stake here – but rather the invention of a pathway by means of words. The itineraries differ; denial is one of them, while others make use of the film to move forward, using speech as a potentially emancipatory tool.

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    Credits

    Screenplay
    Guillaume Massart
    Adrien Mitterrand
    Cinematography
    Guillaume Massart
    Editing
    Alexandra Mélot
    Guillaume Massart
    Production
    TRIPTYQUE FILMS
    Distributor
    NORTE DISTRIBUTION
    Guillaume Massart

    Guillaume Massart

    France

    Guillaume Massart directed eleven short documentaries, many of which have been distinguished (at FidMarseille, Cinéma du réel...): PASSWONDER (2008), THERE BE NO DRAGONS (2009), and DECOUVERTE D'UN PRINCIPE EN CASE 3 (2012). He is also a producer at Tryptique Films and a film editor (he notably worked on MAALICH, 2012 and SOUVENIRS DE LA GEHENNE, 2015, by Thomas Jenkoe). LA LIBERTÉ is his first feature film.

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