Geschlossene Gesellschaft

Geschlossene Gesellschaft

Deutschland 2003-2005, Dokumentarfilm

Inhalt

Jailbirds

The Lifer's Wing and other stories. Day-to-day life in a Romanian high-security prison.

"Outside is whitewashed. Inside is dark and wretched" – song of Rahova. "Jailbirds" is about life and survival behind the walls of Rahova, a "modern" high-security jail on the outskirts of Bucharest.

Rahova mirrors the nearby city of Bucharest: An overcrowded concrete mountain, a Balkan cage behind western-style walls. In order to make it through their prison-term, each inmate tries to be a little faster, louder and more cunning than the others. Running to stand still, paddling to keep afloat, using their wits and humor to survive.

Over the course of six months, the film tracks the stories of the men in the lifer's wing and the women awaiting trial in an extremely overcrowded cell. Two lifers, a female dealer and the vice-director give their views on survival. Life on the outside, life on the inside.

Source: German Films Service & Marketing GmbH

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Credits

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Director:Andrei Schwartz
Screenplay:Andrei Schwartz
Inserts:Andrei Schwartz (Untertitel), Maike Hausding (Untertitel)
Translation:Andrei Schwartz, Maike Hausding
Script editor:Susanne Schüle (Beratung)
Director of photography:Bernd Meiners
Editing:Andrei Schwartz, Andreas Zitzmann
Sound:Pascal Capitolin
Audio mixing:Sascha Heiny, Andreas Henke
Music:Lura Badea, Nadia Tonson
Participation:Insassen des Gefängnisses Bukarest-Radova, Angestelltes des Gefängnisses Bukarest-Radova
Production company:Eikon Südwest GmbH (Stuttgart)
in co-production with:Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF) (Mainz)
in association with:Arte Deutschland TV GmbH (Baden-Baden)
Producer:Ernst Ludwig Ganzert
Producer (TV):Anne Even
Unit production manager:Kristin Holst
Production assistant:Micheline Rollmann, Nina Heyn
Post-production:Alistair Owen
Shoot:: Hochsicherheitsgefängnis Bukarest-Radova
Funding:MFG Medien- und Filmgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg mbH (Stuttgart), FilmFörderung Hamburg GmbH (Hamburg), Media Programm der EU (Brüssel)
Length:91 min
Format:Digi Beta, 16:9
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby SR
Screening:Uraufführung: 08.2005, Locarno, IFF - Semaine de la Critique;
Erstaufführung (DE): 10.2005, Leipzig, IFF;
TV-Erstsendung: 20.02.2006 [Arte]

Titles

Originaltitel (DE) Geschlossene Gesellschaft
Arbeitstitel (DE) Meter pro Mann
TV-Titel (DE) Leben auf 1 m²

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Original

Length:91 min
Format:Digi Beta, 16:9
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby SR
Screening:Uraufführung: 08.2005, Locarno, IFF - Semaine de la Critique;
Erstaufführung (DE): 10.2005, Leipzig, IFF;
TV-Erstsendung: 20.02.2006 [Arte]
 

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