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, approximatively 130 men are imprisoned in the detention center of Casabianda for familial sexual offences.

Here they spend the last years of their usually long sentences working on the 1500 acres fields overlooking the deep blue sea of the only “open” prison existing in France.

Having to face a young man with a camera, some of the inmates decide to break the fourth wall...


« 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