World Movies goes into lockdown this March with a collection of the best jail films from around the world. Bunker down in your living room for four nights of prisons, police and premiere films. There’s the World Movies debut of the critically lauded ‚ÄòA Prophet’, which was nominated for an Academy Award, as well as the premiere of Steve McQueen’s ‚ÄòHunger’ which stars Michael Fassbender (Shame, Prometheus) and won awards worldwide including the Camera d’Or at Cannes. There’s also ‚ÄòCarandiru’ – the Palme d’Or-nominated film about the real-life massacre in Latin America’s most violent prison.
Monday 18 March 8.30pm
Carandiru (Brazil, 2003)
A gritty, challenging and haunting true story about the notorious Carandiru prison in Sao Paulo. Nominated for a Palme d’Or at the 2003 Cannes International Film Festival.
Tuesday 19 March 8.30pm
Hunger (Ireland, 2008)
Hunger is a compelling and unforgettable exploration of the real-life events surrounding the 1981 IRA hunger strike at Northern Ireland’s Maze Prison. Michael Fassbender stars as Bobby Sands, an IRA member who leads a hunger strike as a protest against Britain’s refusal to recognise the IRA as political prisoners. Hunger is a harrowing tale that follows the IRA resistance to the prison regime.
Wednesday 20 March 8.30pm
If I Want To Whistle, I Whistle (Romania, 2010)
Two weeks before his release, a teenage prisoner learns that his mother has returned home from a long absence to take his brother away. Meanwhile, he finds himself in love with a student working in the penitentiary as an intern. Jury Prize winner at the Berlin Film Festival.
Thursday 21 March 8.30pm
A Prophet (France, 2009)
Condemned to six years in prison, 19-year-old Malik El Djebena cannot read nor write. Arriving at the jail entirely alone, he appears younger and more fragile than the other convicts. Cornered by the leader of the Corsican gang who rules the prison, he is given a number of “missions” to carry out, toughening him up and gaining the gang leader’s confidence in the process. But Malik is brave and a fast learner, and begins to secretly develop his own plans.