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Article 43



Switzerland, 2008, DVcam - Color - 90

DIRECTED BY:
Denise Gilliand

SCREENPLAY:
Denise Gilliand

PHOTOGRAPHY:
Fabrice Aragno

EDITING:
Edwige Ochsenbein

MUSIC:
Louis Crelier

SOUND:
Gilles Abravanel

PRODUCER:
Denise Gilliand

PRODUCTION:
Oeil Ouvert

WORLD SALES:
Oeil Ouvert

STORY DESCRIPTION:

“Article 43” recounts the intense experiences of prisoners and film makers who come together to create cinema behind bars. Despite the constraints posed by prison walls and cinematographic demands, prisoners facing heavy sentences talk frankly and without varnish of the acts that changed the course of their lives. A number of them have no idea when they will get out; they are subject to the former Article 43 of the penal code which allows dangerous criminals to be imprisoned for an indeterminate period. They await new sentences. Their liberty is in the balance even as the cameras roll. “When’s tomorrow?”
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

Born in Switzerland in 1964, Denise Gilliand went to live in Mexico at the age of 16. There she discovered cinema when working as a model in various productions. In 1985 she obtained her diploma as a director from the Istituto di Scienze Cinematografiche in Florence. On her return to Switzerland she wrote, directed and produced a number of films. Her documentaries, shown in cinemas and on TV, are also frequently used in debates on important social issues.

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