Caged Birds – New Acquisition
1980’s Switzerland was a country in dire need of social justice reform. Caged Birds is the true story of how activist Barbara Hug and “Jail Break King” Walter Stürm formed an unlikely alliance to accomplish just that.
2020 | 118 min | Germany/Switzerland
Directed by Oliver Rihs
Starring Marie Leuenberger and Joal Basman
Swiss-German with English Subtitles
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Barbara “Babs” Hug (Marie Leuenberger, The Divine Order) is a young radical lawyer fighting Switzerland’s antiquated prison system in the 1980s, and finds it to be an endless, draining battle. She is tracked down by Walter Stürm (Joel Basman, The Monuments Men), who has just managed to escape from prison…again…and hands her a secret file not supposed to have left the prison. Although a good-hearted soul at his core, Stürm uses his newfound freedom to commit another crime, and soon finds the police closing in. Using her connections, Babs finds Stürm temporary refuge with a militant organization, and takes him on as a client in hopes of using the publicity to advance her cause. Stürm, however, has a very different ideology of freedom, and proves to be more difficult to manage than Babs realizes. Based on a true story.
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival – Official Selection
Moscow International Film Festival
Beijing International Film Festival – Nominee
Hamburg Film Festival
Black Nights 2020 Competition
By Giorgia Del Don
By Victor Fraga
“Caged Birds could have easily slipped into neo-noir cliches, yet it successfully avoids empty platitudes. Its cinematography is very elegant, with grainy images, sombre silhouettes and inventive angles throughout. The performances and heartfelt and convincing. Ultimately, this is the perfect balance between a crime caper, political thriller and philosophical essay.”