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Glass Cell, The (glaeserne zelle, Die)

After five years imprisonment for a murder he did not commit, Philip Braun, an architect, returns home. He meets his wife Lisa and his son Timmie again, but during his absence a lot has changed. Philip mistrusts everybody, particularly his best friend David who had been his defense lawyer but did not succeed in proving his innocence.


Hans W. Geißendörfer was born in 1941 in Augsburg and studied German, Theater Science, Psychology and African Languages. During extensive journeys in Africa and Asia, he made his first 16 mm documentaries and underground films. In 1969 he directed Der Fall Lena Christ. He has been awarded four German Film Awards for his features Jonathan (1970), Der Sternsteinhof (1976), The Glass Cell (Die Glaeserne Zelle, 1978) and The Magic Mountain (Der Zauberberg, 1992). He also received an Oscar nomination for The Glass Cell and a Golden Globe nomination for Justice (Justiz, 1993). As the inventor and producer of the hit TV series Lindenstrasse, he has received numerous television prizes and awards. His other films include: Snowland (Schneeland, 2005) and, most recently, In the World You Have Fear (In der Welt habt ihr Angst, 2010).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 1978
Director Hans W. Geißendörfer
Screenplay Hans W. Geißendörfer, Klaus Baedekerl
Cinematography Robby Müller
Cast Brigitte Fossey, Helmut Griem, Guenter Strack, Claudius Kracht, Bernhard Wicki
Production Companies Roxy Film/Munich, Solaris Film/Munich, in cooperation with Bayerischer Rundfunk
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Awards German Film Award 1978

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