In Prison Awaiting Trial

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In Prison Awaiting Trial
(Detenuto in attesa di giudizio)
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Film poster
Directed by Nanni Loy
Produced by Gianni Hecht Lucari
Fausto Saraceni
Written by Sergio Amidei
Emilio Sanna
Starring Alberto Sordi, Lino Banfi
Music by Carlo Rustichelli
Cinematography Sergio D'Offizi
Edited by Franco Fraticelli
Release dates
  • 1971 (1971)
Running time
102 minutes
Country Italy
Language Italian

In Prison Awaiting Trial (Italian: Detenuto in attesa di giudizio) is a 1971 Italian drama film directed by Nanni Loy. It was entered into the 22nd Berlin International Film Festival where Alberto Sordi won the Silver Bear for Best Actor award.[1]


Roman surveyor Giuseppe Di Noi, who moved to Sweden for years, married to a Swedish woman and respected professional, decides to take on holiday in Italy his family. At the Italian border man was stopped and arrested without being given any explanation. After three days in jail in Milan, learns - through the efforts of a guard - to be charged with "manslaughter manslaughter" of a German citizen. Convinced that this is a misunderstanding, the victim is translated in prison in prison until the imaginary town of Sagunto (near Salerno) and interned in solitary confinement, because, being considered "fugitive", he is prevented from use of house arrest.

Di Noi undergoes a genuine judicial ordeal, full of humiliating treatment and impersonal. The nightmare continues far beyond the expected. The investigating magistrate scolds him that he could not hear because without a lawyer. The man is, against his will, involved in a riot and transferred first to a prison for inmates serving life sentences, and then in a psychiatric facility. It takes the obstinacy of his wife, the passionate interest of his lawyer and the benevolence of the investigating magistrate otherwise on vacation, to arrive at a logical explanation.

Received at the hospital, Di Noi legal learns from a highway viaduct Battipaglia-Matera - built years before by an Italian firm where he worked as a surveyor - it was then considered natural causes collapsed, causing the death of a German driver in transit. Us, in the meantime moved to Sweden and without international communication, not responding to the subpoena, was technically considered a fugitive and hence the arrest. Now clarified its position, the poor surveyor regains his freedom, but he's now irrevocably marked, physically and psychologically.



  1. ^ "Berlinale 1972: Prize Winners". Retrieved 2010-03-16. 

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