'Cesare Deve Morire' picked as Oscar candidate

Film on Shakespeare staging by mafiosi won top prize in Berlin

'Cesare Deve Morire' picked as Oscar candidate

(ANSA) - Rome, September 26 - 'Cesare Deve Morire' (Caesar Must Die), an unusual true-life staging of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar in a Rome high-security prison, has been picked as Italy's candidate for the 2013 best foreign film Oscar. The movie, by the veteran Italian filmmaking brothers Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, is a stark but sometimes humorous study of mafiosi getting to grips with the Bard. It won the Golden Bear at this year's Berlin Film Festival. Filmed largely in black-and-white, it has been described as a "deeply humanist film" that "blends gentle humour with an emotional punch". In a 40-year career the Tavianis have gained critical acclaim with films like Padrone Padrone (Father And Master), which won a clutch of Italian awards in 1977, and La Notte di San Lorenzo (The Night of St Lawrence), which claimed second prize at Cannes in 1982.

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