Regional Competition

Tales From The Prison Cell

Ábel Visky
Screening time  
17.06. / Thursday, 16:00 - 18:00 Ticket

This is a creative documentary about the relationship between fathers in prison and their children at home. In addition to the focus of presenting three incarcerated fathers, we gain insight into the changed lives of their families and children. As we become familiar with their daily lives, we witness the distance and even the closeness that grows between the inmates and their families. As a way of keeping contact, the inmates write fairy tales for their kids which we then make into films with the children playing the lead roles. The stories convey messages that the fathers have come to see as basic truths during the course of their own lives and believe are important to pass on. Within these stories, in the freedom created by fiction, father and child can be united once again. 


Ábel Visky

Ábel Visky was born in 1987 in Bacau, Romania. After finishing his photo, film and media studies at Sapienta University in Cluj, Romania, he continued his directorial studies at the University of Theater and Film Arts in Budapest, Hungary, where he is currently an MA student of the Film and Television Directing department. A multiple award winner with both documentary and fiction shorts Splash, Zsolt and Kriszta, Family Portrait, Dummy and Romanian Sunrise. Tales From The Prison Cell (2020) is his feature debut.

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Hungary, Croatia
2020, 84'

Directed by:
Ábel Visky

Screenplay by:
Ábel Visky

Zágon Nagy, István Kürti

Edited by:
Anna Visky, Laszlo Hargittai

Asher Goldschmidt

Eszter Gyarfas

Produced by:
Proton Cinema, Fade In

Festivals & Awards:

Budapest International Documentary Festival 2021 – Special Mention
Hot Docs 2020
DokuFest 2020
FIPADOC Biarritz 2020
Sao Paulo International Film Festival 2020
GZDOC – Guangzhou International Documentary FF 2020
Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Youth 2020
Transilvania International Film Festival 2020
FIDBA – Documentary Film Festival of Buenos Aires 2020
Alter-Native International Short Film Festival 2020


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