a film by Guillaume Massart

co-written with Adrien Mitterrand – assistant director: Simon Kansara – sound: Pierre Bompy – editor: Alexandra Mélot – sound editor: Julie Roué – sound mixer: Niels Barletta – color correction: Lucie Bruneteau

2017 - 5:4 - HD - 2h26

a coproduction Triptyque Films & Films de Force Majeure
distribution: Norte Distribution

this film was shot inside Casabianda detention Center, Corsica, with the support of Direction de l’Administration Pénitentiaire du Ministère de la Justice


with the support of CNC - Avance sur recettes avant réalisation,
CNAP «Image/Mouvement»,
Résidence d’Écriture «Maison Bleue» de Contis - CG des Landes,
Secours Catholique - Section Prison,
Association Nationale des Visiteurs de Prison,
Collectivité Territoriale de Corse,
AFC Umani - Fondation de Corse,
Union Territoriale Corse CMCAS-CCAS,
Centre Culturel Anima,
Association PREFACE | Fédération Léo Lagrange,
Philippe Zoummeroff,
Périphérie «Cinéastes en Résidence»,
Festival Entrevues Belfort - Films en cours,
Fondation Un Monde Par Tous,
& Service Justice et Aumônerie de Prison de la Fédération Protestante de France

this film was part of [Films en cours] post-production support - Entrevues - International Film Festival 2016


On the island of Corsica, there is a unique detention centre called Casabianda.

This particular prison which is called open looks nothing like any other prison: instead of the bars, walls or watchtowers, one can only sight the trees, the sky and the sea...

For a full year, Guillaume Massart sets his camera inside the prison to understand what changes in an open air detention.

Under the foliage or on the beach, the inmates open up: usually unspoken, the words flow out of them little by little.


« An “open” prison located in Corsica, Casabianda contains 130 men who are often serving long sentences for intrafamilial sex crimes. While the original idea was to start with an observation of this unique place of detention, the filmmaker later adopted a different form and modus operandi.

Rather than an exploration, In the Open is a “filmic discussion” in which the filmmaker invents a way of talking with the inmates in the course of long sequences. This attitude does not follow the notion of redemption — this is not at stake here — but rather the invention of a pathway by means of words. The itineraries differ; denial is one of them, while others make use of the film to move forward, using speech as a potentially emancipatory tool. »

(Arnaud Hée)


Entrevues Belfort - Festival International du Film, International Competition, France
(November-December 2017)

Entrevues Belfort

Visions du Réel, "Latitudes", Nyon, Swtizerland
(April 2018)

Visions du Réel

IndieLisboa, "Silvestre", Lisbon, Portugal
(April-May 2018)