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The Prince

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

Drama 2019 96 mins Not rated

Director: Sebastián Muñoz


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.