2010. Germany. Philip Koch. 103 min.
Sunday, May 1, 2011, 5:30 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
2010. Germany. Written and directed by Philip Koch. With Constantin von Jascheroff, Joel Basman, Frederick Lau, Martin Kiefer, Jule Gartzke. Picco is quite an accomplishment for a 27-year-old filmmaker, but it is also very difficult to watch. Koch is haunted by an incident that took place in a juvenile detention center in Germany in 2000, when a young man was goaded into suicide because he could no longer take the mental and physical abuse visited upon him by his cellmates. In an attempt to understand how this could happen, Koch paces his tale carefully; the first two thirds of the film is about the soul-killing routine and repression in the juvenile prison, which, like a sudden summer storm, leads to the brutal and senseless death of a weak boy. Picco is the nickname given to Kevin, a new detainee who learns he has to choose between being an aggressor or being endlessly harrased. Please note: contains scenes of strong psychological and physical violence. In German; English subtitles. 103 min.