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Caged Birds (Bis wir tot sind oder frei)

Caged Birds
© Philippe Antonello

Barbara Hug is a young radical lawyer fighting Switzerland’s antiquated prison system in the 1980s. Walter Stürm is a charmer and chancer. Taunting the establishment with his outrageous thefts and media savvy he’s in and often escaping out of jail and becomes known as the Jailbreak King. When the two meet an unlikely alliance is formed. Barbara wants to use Walter’s popularity for her social reform goals. But the less Walter yields to her reasoning, the more she falls for the fascination of his uncompromising desire for freedom. Walter becomes the rock against which she beats in vain and will grow. A radical partnership conflicting priorities between state repression and personal freedom.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2020
Director Oliver Rihs
Screenplay Ivan Madeo, Dave Tucker, Oliver Rihs, Norbert Maass, Oliver Keidel
Cinematography Felix von Muralt
Cast Marie Leuenberger, Joel Basman, Jella Haase
Producers Ivan Madeo, Stefan Eichenberger, Urs Frey, Jan Krüger, Jörg Trentmann
Co-Producers Thomas Reisser, Marcus Machura
Production Companies Contrast Film, Port au Prince Film & Kultur Produktion, in co-production with Niama Film/Stuttgart
Runtime 180 min
Format 1:1.85
Dubbed Versions German
 Swiss-German, German
Subtitled Versions English, French, German
Sound Technology Dolby A
With backing from German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, German Federal Film Fund / DFFF Deutscher Filmförderfonds, MFG Baden-Württemberg, Bundesamt für Kultur CH, Media Desk Suisse, Zürcher Filmstiftung, Film Commission Zürich, Kanton St. Gallen Kulturförderung

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