on true events and located in one of former Yugoslavia's most notorious
prisons of the Eighties, the film tells the story of Martin Pavlovic,
sentenced to 12 years for murder. In prison he has to deal with all sorts
of inmates: Rapists, thieves, serial killers and political prisoners live
cell to cell, cut off from the "civilized" outside world. They
live by the rule of the strongest. The most dangerous ones are the sadistic
wardens though: They miss no chance to harass the inmates. The years go
by until one day Martin learns from a fellow prisoner that he is only
in prison because he has been taken for a ride by one of his best friends.
But before this informer can testify in court he dies from a drug overdose,
crushing Martin's last hope. When two inmates are regularly slaughtered
by the wardens during an attempted jailbreak, Martin and some of his friends
take three wardens hostage. They hope for improved imprisonment conditions
from a hastily flown-in spokesman for the Ministry of Defence if they
set their hostages free.