Director: Thierry Garel, Patrick Albenque | Producer: Films de la Strada
Focus Years: 2001 | Country: France
In this film, an art teacher in London organizes a major exhibition called "Artville" devoted to works of art produced in the Pentonville Prison (north of London).
For several days we follow the professor who divides his time between teaching the prisoners and the preparation of the exhibition. The film ends with images of the opening, including a "performance" of the sponsor of the event, the English author and actor Steven Berkoff.
With this film, we profile a man who fights for his beliefs and wants artistic creation to be recognized as an engine of personal development of inmates. The testimony of the teacher and some prisoners, combined with the quality of the works on display, illustrate the idea that the practice of art can help inmates to better prepare for their reintegration into society.
Rather than emphasizing the darkness of prison, "Artville" offers a unique image of the prison where prisoners learn to spend time with positivity in their cells.