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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The Prince is an explosive homoerotic prison drama set in a repressive 1970s Chilean prison. During a night of heavy drinking, Jaime, a hot-tempered narcissist, suddenly stabs his best friend. He is sent to jail for murder and there, alone and afraid, he comes under the protection of a tough older inmate known as “The Stallion.” The unlikely pair begin a clandestine romance but violent power struggles inside the penitentiary threaten their bond. This searing story of survival at all costs, takes its inspiration from Jean Genet’s Un Chant d’amour and Fassbinder’s Querelle in its affecting exploration of masculine aggression, conflicting loyalties and pent-up sexual desires.
Reviews

“A very confronting film…depictions of sexual abuse and rape which were difficult to watch. The guards are brutal, the danger that lurks in every location, the deprivation of any kind of liberty, and the loss of humanity. ” – TLDR Movie Reviews

“Evocative of Jean Genet’s Miracle of the Rose and Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s QuerelleThe Prince plays with classic queer prisoner behind bars motifs, blending explicit sexuality with genuine themes of confused affection and longing…Striking in its damp claustrophobic aesthetic and powerful erotic imageryThe Prince is an impressive look at sexual awakening and humankind’s need for connection.  – CultureFix

“One of  most homoerotic prison movies we have seen for some time…it is an immensely powerful  and engrossing coming-of-age, the like of which we’ve never seen before.”  – Queer Guru

“With a lush cinematography, dreamlike music score and sexually explicit scenes that will remind you of the movies of Fassbinder and Derek Jarman, The Prince is immersed into an otherworldly atmosphere that manages to be equally sexy and sordid.” Art House Street

A dark, raw film that takes us directly into the harsh life behind bars…beneath this primal surface there exists a tale of loyalty love and compassion that blooms even in the most horrific of circumstance.” – Dwight Casimere. The Chicago Times Weekly

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

“A pretty boy 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.” The Hollywood Reporter

“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.” – 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.” – 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