Scene from the film Isola
Scene from the film Isola
Scene from the film Isola
Scene from the film Isola
Scene from the film Isola
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On the Western Mediterranean’s last prison island both guards and prisoners are isolated by the sea and are subject to the laws of justice. Thus, the guards see themselves as the real prisoners, while the inmates work to serve their sentence. For over 30 years, prison psychologist Giuseppe has accompanied the inmates in his unrefined manner, on their way to freedom, while he remains on the island.

A prison has characteristics resembling those of an island. But only by that prison being cut off by the sea, does the extent of its isolation become visible. I am fascinated by this idyllic place that serves as a prison, while it simultaneously illustrates its social isolation. On Gorgona, the prison cell is the island, the perimeter walls the sea, the prisoner is both farmer and prison guard. What exactly does punishment here entail? A dialogue with a penal colony. About guilt and atonement, isolation and introspection. - Aurelio Buchwalder


  • Original Title
  • Direction
  • Cast
    Giuseppe Fedele, Stefania Grillandini, Don Didier Lungangula
  • Cinematography
    Aurelio Buchwalder
  • Editing
    Camila Mecadal
  • Music
    Pascal Schärli
  • Sound
    Thomas Jeker
  • Runtime
    70 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Switzerland
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • Solothurn, 55. Solothurner Filmtage 2020
    • Nyon, 25e Visions du Réel Festival international de cinéma Nyon 2019
  • Awards
    • Zürich, Swiss Film Award, Swiss Film Award, Best Graduation Film 2020 is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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