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Prison System 4614

Jan Soldat 2015, documentary, 59’30“
miniDV / DCP, colour, 4:3, 25fps, mono, German with English subtitles


In the world of fetishes there’s a niche for every type of proclivity. Arwed caters to a special type of customer: he runs a private prison where he is happy to find all sorts of ways to bully and victimise his paying guests on the other side of the bars. As prison director he is master of ceremonies; during the course of one week, he and his partner Dennis help fulfil their prisoners’ wildest fantasies. The inmates treat the days and nights they spend in handcuffs and leg irons as a real holiday – here at last is a place where they can finally switch off and relax. The role play looks a bit like improvised theatre, especially when director Arwed and his assistant Dennis plan the next day’s performance in the bare cells and corridors of their institution. But even when using the whip these ‘torturers’ never forget to be humane and, in spite of their tough prison warder guise, they are fully aware, in a way that is almost caring, of their responsibility for those in ‘detention’.


Sound Mix

Jan Soldat
Jan Soldat
Jan Soldat
Lorenz Fischer /
Alex Demetriou /
Jan Soldat
Knasty, Sir Dennis, Herr Krause, graurechts, Masodiener


65th Berlinale Panorama / BAFICI / GegenKino Leipzig / 12th Indielisboa / MIX Mexico Festival de cine y video / Viva Erotica Helsinki / FilMadrid / 10th Tel Aviv LGBT Film Festival / 4th Olhar de Cinema – Festival Internacional de Curitiba / Nachtschatten BDSM Fetisch Film Festival München / Cinematheque Leipzig / 19th Annual Houston International LGBTQ Film Festival / Ambulante Colombia / 20th SPLIT FILM FESTIVAL Croatia / 9th Sydney Underground Film Festival / Antebellum Film Festival in Los Angeles / 17th Festival Do Rio / 10th Porn Film Festival Berlin / East Silver Market / Mix Brasil Festival Culture of Diversity / 7. Heimspiel Filmfest Regensburg / Fringe! Queer Film Festival London / 3rd Transcinema Peru / 1st Fish&Chips Film Festival Turin / distrital mexico / fete du slip lausanne / Outview Athen / Kunsthochschule Braunschweig / Filmladen Kassel / Budapest International Documentary Festival / UniKino Leipzig / Tuntenhaus Berlin / ASFA BBQ Athen / Filmrauschpalast Berlin / Bari International Gender Festival / 23th Split Film Festival 2018 / Zeegotoh Berlin – Film & Food / DUKA FF – Schloss Schönow / Liberated Film Club London / Filmgalerie Regensburg


Nomination for Best Documentary – Teddy Award 65. Berlinale
Special Mention Best Documentary – 10th Tel Aviv LGBT Film Festival
Special Mention Best midlelength Documentary – East Silver Market Silver Eye Award