7/7/2020
Credits
  • Director: Sebastián Muñoz
  • Producer: Marianne Mayer-Beckh, Roberto Doveris
  • Screenwriters: Luis Barrales, Sebastián Muñoz
  • Cast: Juan Carlos Maldonado, Alfredo Castro, Gaston Pauls, Sebastián Ayala, Lucas Balmaceda, Catalina Martin, Paola Volpato, Jaime Leiva, Nicolás Zárate Cesare, Serra Paula Zúñiga
  • Cinematography: Enrique Stindt
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An explosive homoerotic drama and unconventional romance set in a prison in 1970 Chile. Twenty-something Jaime is sent away for murder. There he meets and is taken under the protection of a tough older inmate. Amidst the violence of repression, an unlikely love story unfolds.
Reviews

The Prince is brutal, raw and cold, yet also beautiful, sincere and honest.” – WireMag

“A pretty boy — or, to be more precise, an angular jawline and a head of lush curls in search of a personality — is thrown into a dark and dank prison in 1970 Chile in The Prince (El principe)For most people, this would be a horror scenario, but this feature is such a work of homoerotic fantasy, pilfering liberally from sources ranging from Un Chant d’amour to Querelle and the opera omnia of Jean-Daniel Cadinot, that the protagonist doesn’t mind being locked away with a bunch of handsy, well-endowed inmates for even one hot minute. Quite the contrary, as behind bars he’ll find plenty of man-on-man action, cute bell-bottoms and perhaps even the homosexual Holy Grail decades before the age of marriage equality: love.” – TheHollywoodReporter

“The Prince deals with the homosexual awakening of a young man called Jaime (played by Juan Carlos Maldonado). It’s a realisation that, sadly, he could not come to while he was a free man, given that any sign of desire between two men would have been suppressed by the conservative society of the time… The Prince is a story of survival revolving around a young man condemned to remain in this hellhole of a prison.” – Cineuropa

“Just wait until you see all the sweat, pubes, and grime on display here: Muñoz treats men’s bodies the same as most studios treat women’s, and that’s the point…The guards are brutal and the hyper-masculinity only reaches a ceasefire in inmates’ passionate expressions of their sexuality…it’s wonderful how Muñoz plays with masculinity. He shoots men like we’d expect to see them only to stage them like lingerie models minutes later. They get to be domineering; they get to be vulnerable. It gets to a point where it isn’t so much about gender as it is raw emotions, and DP Enrique Stindt complements this wonderfully with patinas and grain detail. There are too many supporting characters at times, but The Prince sure knows how to develop a sense of place. – TheSpool

“As in the work of Jean Genet, The Prince offers a gritty but phantasmatic world of social deviance and sexual liberation, where the close proximity of barely clothed or naked male bodies sparks an irrepressible eroticism that can only be answered through intercourse or violence. Muñoz, a first-time director, does an elegant job of balancing the lurid and the tender; there’s certainly enough exposed flesh here to reflect the material’s pulp origins, but the feelings that are evinced, the yearning for intimacy and affirmation between men who’ve been denied them, is just as affecting.” – CineFile

 

Screenings
2019 - Venice Film Festival (World Premiere)
2019 - San Sebastian Film Festival
2019 - Mill Valley Film Festival (USA Premiere)
2019 - OUTshine Film Festival (Miami)
2019 - ImageOUT Film Festival (Rochester, NY)
2019 - Chicago International Film Festival
2019 - Image+Nation (Montreal)
Awards
Venice Film Festival - Queer Lion Award
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Director Interview

International Cinefile interview with Sebastián Muñoz 

About the Director

Sebastián Muñoz holds a degree from the Arcis University Film School. He has participated as an art director in the most notable films of today’s new Chilean cinema, such as Play, Turistas and Il Futuro, by Alicia Scherson, Ilusiones ópticas, by Cristián Jiménez, Los debutantes199 recetas para ser feliz and Un caballo llamado Elefante, by Andrés Waissbluth, as well as Chile puede, by Ricardo Larraín, among others. In 1996 he shot his first short film, La felicidad, and in 1997, La buena suerte. El príncipe is his first film, based on a novel by Mario Cruz, set in a prison in 1970.

Credits
  • Director: Sebastián Muñoz
  • Producer: Marianne Mayer-Beckh, Roberto Doveris
  • Screenwriters: Luis Barrales, Sebastián Muñoz
  • Cast: Juan Carlos Maldonado, Alfredo Castro, Gaston Pauls, Sebastián Ayala, Lucas Balmaceda, Catalina Martin, Paola Volpato, Jaime Leiva, Nicolás Zárate Cesare, Serra Paula Zúñiga
  • Cinematography: Enrique Stindt
Gallery