The movie is based on the infamous “Stanford Prison Experiment” conducted in 1971. A makeshift prison is set up in a research lab, complete with cells, bars and surveillance cameras. For two weeks 20 male participants are hired to play prisoners and guards. The ‘prisoners’ are locked up and have to follow seemingly mild rules, and the ‘guards’ are told simply to retain order without using physical violence. Everybody is free to quit at any time, thereby forfeiting payment. In the beginning the mood between both groups is insecure and rather emphatic. But soon quarrels arise and the wardens employ ever more drastic sanctions to confirm their authority. –IMDb
Oliver Hirschbiegel, born December 29, 1957, in Hamburg, went to sea as a scullion after finishing Waldorf school. On his return, he studied painting and graphic with Sigmar Polke at Hamburg’s Hochschule der Künste but soon turned more and more to the departments of photography, video, and film; did installation art and performances, and finally switched to film directing.
Hirschbiegel started his professional career as a filmmaker in the mid-1980s as a unit manager for the TV series “Losberg”. In 1986, he made his debut as a director with the TV movie “Das Go! Projekt”. Hirschbiegel also wrote the screenplay for the film. Five years later, he caused a stir with the cutting-edge TV project “Mörderische Entscheidung” (“Murderous Decisions”): The thriller tells the same story in two separate films from the perspective of two different persons. Viewers were able to choose their perspective depending on the situation by switching between the ARD and the ZDF TV channels as both films… read more