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Caged Birds (Stürm: Bis wir tot sind oder frei)

Caged Birds © Corinth Films
Caged Birds © Corinth Films

Saturday, November 20, 8:00 pm
Landmark's E Street Cinema


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Germany/Switzerland, 2020, 119 min., Director: Oliver Rihs, Screenplay: Oliver Rihs, Norbert Maass, Ivan Madeo, Oliver Keidel, Cast: Marie Leuenberger, Joel Basma, Jella Haase Production: Ivan Madeo, Stefan Eichenberger, Urs Frey, Jan Krüger, Jörg Trentmann Co-Production: Thomas Reisser, Marcus Machura

Accolades/Festivals: 
• Tallinn, PÖFF Black Nights Film Festival, Best Actress 2020 (Winner, Marie, Leuenberger)
• Braunschweig, 35. Internationales Filmfestival Braunschweig (2021)
• Moscow, 43rd Moscow International Film Festival (2021)
• Hamburg, 28. Filmfest Hamburg (2020)


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.

Oliver Rihs was born in 1971 in Männedorf, Switzerland. In his early career he worked an apprenticeship as a graphic designer. Until 1994, he continued working as a self-employed graphic designer. Since 1995, Rihs works in film and television in the areas of directing, filming, production, and lighting. From 1996-97, he worked as an independent film director at Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen (SRF). In 1998, Rihs realized his first short film Lilia, which was awarded "Best Short Film" at the Festival del Film Locarno. Brombeerchen (2002) was his first feature-length film, followed by Schwarze Schafe (2006), which attained cult status in Berlin, his adoptive home as of 1999. Rihs is founder and partner of Port au Prince Film & Kultur Produktion since 2008.

This film is appropriate for audiences over 18. The film is subtitled in English.

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