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Craig Zobel

Craig Zobel

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Compliance is based on true events. Before the shooting we read many books about human behaviour and psychology, including the ones on the well-known Stanford prison experiment. The movie is then focused on Becky's relationship to autority and her experience from a psychological point of view. That is why I wanted to tell the story through the eyes of the victim. Even if I felt sympathy for her, I wanted to try to be as more objective as possible, also if the movie can be defined – in some way – a littlle bit 'voyeuristic'. But this was not my intention.”

“I felt attracted, fascinated by scientific behaviour experiments. The movie explores the interesting gap between what you think to do and what really happens in a stress situation. The central question is: why do people behave like this?”

“I am curious to know how Locarno will react to Compliance which will be presented here as international premiere. I think that during the screening everybody will say to himself: 'I would never say something like that, I would never do that'. It was also my first reaction! And this is the weird part of the movie”.

Mattia Bertoldi
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