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14 Days to Life (14 Tage lebenslaenglich)

14 Days to Life
Scene from "14 Days to Life"

The ambitious lawyer von Seidlitz ends up in prison following an intrigue by his partner who uses this to to settle an old score. The initially arrogant inmate is painfully brought down to earth by his fellow prisoners. But he learns from the experience and doesn't go under. His inner resistance against his fate grows and this also demands respect from the other prisoners. One of the inmates, Czernetzky, becomes his touchstone. His arrogance gets in the way and demands that he clean his shoes. This symbol exists for a long while between the two men. Von Seidlitz is blackmailed into organising an escape plan by a new prisoner who is trying to get to the haul Czernetzky once made. Von Seidlitz plays along as he is then able to get access to evidence about the involvement of his former partner in the trial which put him behind bars.

Roland Suso Richter born in 1961, achieved his breakthrough with his first feature-length film for the cinema, Kolp (1983). Following its screening at Cannes, the film was invited to numerous international film festivals, was nominated for the German Film Award and the Bavarian Film Award, and went on to win the 1986 Youth Video Prize. Sven's Secret (1994) received countless awards including the 1996 Erich Kaestner Prize and the Rocky Award at the Banff Television Festival. Richter enjoyed further cinema success with 14 Days to Life (14 Tage Lebenslaenglich, 1997). In 1997, he directed the TV thriller Buddies. For his outstanding work as director on The Bubi Scholz Story (TV, 1998), he received the Bavarian Television Award. His other films include: After The Truth (Nichts als die Wahrheit, 1999), which was shown in competition at San Sebastian in 1999, as well as A Hand Full of Grass (Eine Hand voll Gras, 2000) and The Tunnel (2001), both of which screened in competition at Montreal.
Genre Thriller
Category Feature
Year of Production 1997
Director Roland Suso Richter
Screenplay Holger Karsten Schmidt
Cinematography Martin Peglau
Peter Adam
Ulrich Reuter, Christoph Garcian-Schubert
Cast Sylvia Leifheit, Katharina Meinecke, Axel Milberg, Michael Mendl, Kai Wiesinger, Jürgen Schornagel
Producer Werner Koenig
Production Company Helkon Media Filmproduktion/Munich
Length 108 min
Format color, 35 mm
Original Version
Sound Technology Dolby Stereo
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern
German Distributor Nil Film Art & Entertainment/Munich

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