International Competition

Bad Boy High Security Cell

Janusz Mrozowski
Screening time  
25.02. / Monday, 12:00 - 14:00 Theatre 2  
26.02. / Tuesday, 14:00 - 16:00 Theatre 4  
02.03. / Saturday, 19:00 - 21:00 Theatre 3  
The diary of a young Polish bank robber in solitary confinement - without privacy, visitors, or even a window - struggling against insanity.

Locked up in a solitary confinement in a Polish high security prison, without privacy, visitors, or even a window, the 28-year-old inmate Damian is struggling with insanity. His only contact with the outer world are the masked prison guards bringing the daily meal and taking him for a short walk. The surroundings are cold and bleak and are constantly monitored by surveillance cameras. Shower is allowed once a week. Bad Boy High Security Cell gives an intimate look into prison life through video diaries and interviews. His frank and truthful discussion, with himself and with the camera of Janusz Mrozowski, reveals his troubled inner world, his doubts but also his sensitivity and understanding, and with his tattooed arms he holds up a mirror to our society, and to ourselves.


Janusz Mrozowski

Janusz Mrozowski, born in Poland, has been living in Paris since 1970. In 1978 he made his first short film Rzecz. He set up the Filmogene studio in 1987. He made his feature debut Lucy's Revenge in Burkina Faso in 1998. The film earned him an M-Net All Africa Film Award, the African equivalent of Oscar. Bad Boys Cell 425, the only Polish-language film screened at Cannes 2009, was his documentary debut.

General sponsor

BAD BOY cellule haute sécurité

France, Poland
2012, 78', video

Directed by:
Janusz Mrozowski

Screenplay by:
Janusz Mrozowski

Janusz Mrozowski

Edited by:
Karine Olivier, Krzysztof Paluchowski

Janusz Mrozowski

Produced by:

Festivals & Awards:

Warsaw International Film Festival 2012; IDFA - International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam 2012; Watch Docs International Film Festival 2012