Who are the women and trans people that go through the prison system? How did they end up there? How do they transform their time there into something creative, where they can rewrite their own lives and invent a future?
Reas is a musical film starring women and trans people who were detained in different prisons in Argentina. In what was once Caseros Prison, now abandoned and in ruins, they reconstruct scenes from their past lives and imagine their future, singing, dancing and performing.
Lola Arias (Argentina, 1976) is a writer, theatre and film director. She is a multifaceted artist whose work brings together people from different backgrounds (war veterans, former communists, migrant children, etc.) in theatre, film, literature, music and visual art projects.
Her most recent plays are Minefield (Royal Court Theatre, London, 2016), Atlas des Kommunismus (Maxim-Gorki Theatre, Berlin, 2016), What they want to hear (Münchner Kammerspiele, Munich, 2018), Futureland (Maxim-Gorki Theatre, Berlin, 2019), I’m not dead ( State Theater Hanover, 2021), Mother tongue ( Arena del Sole Bologna, Centro Dramático Nacional Madrid, Gorki Theater Berlin, 2021-2022).
Her first feature film Theatre of War (2018) was selected for the 68th Forum of the Berlinale Film Festival and received several prizes including the CICAE Art Cinema Award, the International Confederation of Art House Cinemas Award and the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury. Arias also won the Best Director Award at the 20th BAFICI Festival in Buenos Aires and the film received the Movistar+ Prize for Best Documentary Film at Documenta Madrid and the Silver Condor Award for Best Adapted Script.
Lola Arias has received very prestigious prizes for her works, including the Premio Konex 2014 and the Preis der Autoren 2018, and her work has been performed at theater festivals including: Lift Festival, London; Under the Radar, New York; Festival d’Avignon; Theater Spektakel, Zurich; Wiener Festwochen; Festival Theaterformen, Hanover; Spielart Festival, Munich.