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New Canvas: Escape at Dannemora

Escape at Dannemora is a true events-based fiction series about a remarkable escape from the prison of Dannemora against the Canadian border in 2015. Two assassins knew when to escape with the help of a female gevangenismedewerker with whom they shared a sexual relationship. The eight-part series was directed by Ben Stiller, starring Benicio del Toro (Traffic, 21 Grams), Patricia Arquette (Boyhood, Medium) and Paul Dano (12 Years a Slave, There Will Be Blood).

Escape at Dannemora is a production of Showtime. The series is brand new: they went in America will premiere on november 18.

The American press was very promising for the series, which meanwhile is also in the running for two Golden Globes (Best miniseries and Best actress in a miniseries). The ceremony is on Sunday 6 January.

Escape at Dannemora : from Wednesday, January 9, on Canvas about 22.10., every two episodes. Also on VRT NOW.

True events
The smooth and spectacular story did in the United States at the time created a buzz of attention. For the American public was the end, so all known in advance, and yet the press and the public are very enthusiastic about the series. Especially the fair and little glamorous performances of the protagonists were praised. First of all Patricia Arquette, who with great conviction and play the somewhat seedy and bored gevangenisopzichter Tilly Mitchell plays.

For Flemish viewers there is also the exciting course of the story. But even those who are not can resist the temptation to take a look at the facts in Dannemora, will be just like the American viewers a lot of satisfaction found in the realistic and anything but empathetic approach of the events and the ‘heroes’ in Escape at Dannemora.

Menage à trois behind bars
The 51-year-old Tilly Mitchell (Patricia Arquette) works as a supervisor in the sewing workshop of the Clinton Correctional Facility, a prison in the town of Dannemora in New York state, on the border with Canada. Tilly is a bored, unhappy wife. She’s stuck in a loveless marriage with Lyle Mitchell (Eric Lange), and her job offers little solace. She is as motivated as her ‘staff’ in the studio.

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