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Haftanlage 4614

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In the world of fetishes there’s a niche for every type of proclivity. Arwed caters to a special type of
customer: he runs a private prison where he is happy to find all sorts of ways to bully and victimise
his paying guests on the other side of the bars. As prison director he is master of ceremonies; during
the course of one week, he and his partner Dennis help fulfil their prisoners’ wildest fantasies. The
inmates treat the days and nights they spend in handcuffs and leg irons as a real holiday – here at
last is a place they can finally switch off and relax. The role play looks a bit like improvised theatre,
especially when director Arwed and his assistant Dennis plan the next day’s performance in the bare
cells and corridors of their institution. But even when using the whip these ‘torturers’ never forget to
be humane and, in spite of their tough prison warder guise, they are fully aware, in way that is almost
caring, of their responsibility for those in ‘detention’. Director Jan Soldat poses his questions offscreen,
in the same interview style that he adopted in his short films.


Born in Karl-Marx-Stadt, East Germany in 1984, he made short films in the Chemnitz Film Workshop and then began studying film and television directing at the University of Film and Television ‘Konrad Wolf’ in Potsdam in 2008. His films have screened at the Berlinale several times: GELIEBT in Berlinale Shorts in 2010, ZUCHT UND ORDNUNG in the Panorama and CRAZY DENNIS TIGER in  Generation 14plus in 2012. In 2014, he was a member of the Generation 14plus International Jury. HAFTANLAGE 4614 is the second in a four-part documentary series about games involving prison role play.

FILMOGRAFIE Jan Soldat (selection)

2015 Der Besuch  2015 Haftanlage 4614  2015 Die sechste Jahreszeit  2014 Ein Wochenende in Deutschland  2012 Crazy Dennis Tiger  2012 ZUCHT und ORDNUNG  2011/2012 Teddy Kurzfilmrolle 2012  2010 Endlich Urlaub  2009 Geliebt 

Jan Soldat@ IMDb

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