Tales from the Prison Cell (Mesék a zárkából)

(2020, documentary, color, 83 minutes)
co-produced with:Croatia, United Kingdom

Tales from the Prison Cell is about the relationship between fathers in prison and their children at home. In addition to presenting three incarcerated fathers, we gain insight into the changed lives of their families and children. As we become familiar with their daily lives, we witness the distance and even the closeness that grows between the inmates and their families. As a way of keeping in contact, the inmates write fairy tales for their kids which we then make into films with their participation. The stories convey messages that the fathers have come to see as basic truths during the course of their own lives and believe are important to pass on. Within these stories, in the freedom created by fiction, father and child can be united once again.


Biarritz FIPA - 2020

(in competition)

Toronto Hot Docs - 2020

(in competition)

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