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The Prince

El Príncipe

This powerful tale of queers behind bars won the Queer Lion at the 2019 Venice Film Festival.

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Dir Sebastián Muñoz
Prod Marianne Mayer-Beckh, Roberto Doveris
Scr Luis Barrales, Sebastián Muñoz
With Juan Carlos Maldonado, Alfredo Castro, Gastón Pauls
Chile-Argentina-Belgium
2019
96min
UK Distribution Peccadillo Pictures

Chile, 1970. A disturbed young man enters an overcrowded cell in an old and spartan prison. His arrival prompts a realignment of the pecking order, and he is quickly taken under the wing and into the bed of the senior-ranking convict. As a handsome newcomer, he turns heads in other parts of the jail. Thus, the stage is set for a battle over the love of the man they nickname The Prince. By turns intensely brutal and tender, experienced production designer Sebastián Muñoz’s directorial debut is a powerful exploration of what it means to love. As the film progresses, we discover the circumstances of the Prince’s original crime and that his passion has previously provoked dangerous emotions. Featuring scenes of violence that might disturb, but also a beauty and lyricism that evokes Genet’s account of prison life, this is a deeply affecting film.

Brian Robinson




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