ComingSoon is debuting an exclusive trailer and poster for Punishment, a documentary from filmmaker Øystein Mamen that’s set to premiere at the 2024 Slamdance Film Festival.
Punishment is described as a “stark documentary about convicted murderers at an isolated retreat overseen by Jesuit priests.” The film will chronicle the criminals facing their inner demons. Ingvil Giske is the film producer, with Mamen handling directorial and cinematography duties.
Check out the exclusive trailer and poster for Punishment below (watch other clips and trailers):
What is Punishment about?
“Punishment follows the experiences of four inmates in Norway’s Halden Maximum Security Prison who have chosen to enter a three-week silent retreat,” reads the official synopsis for the film. “Guided by two Jesuit priests, they face the past, the tipping point that led to their actions, the reality of their crimes, and where it has led them, in order to give themselves an opportunity to move forward. Through the exercises, tasks, and meditative reflection, each man takes a personal journey inward in order to face the man looking back at them from the mirror. Punishment evolves into a prism for gauging the existential landscape of the convicted as we observe each man taking these steps, looking beyond the question of religious belief to their belief about themselves and their worthiness of redemption.”