2020, Oliver Rihs, Drama
LENGTH: 119 min
COUNTRY: Germany, Switzerland
LANGUAGE: Swiss-German & German w/English subtitles
DIRECTOR: Oliver Rihs
CAST: Marie Leuenberger, Joel Basma, Jella Haase
CREW: SCREENWRITER: Dave Tucker; CO-WRITERS: Oliver Rihs, Norbert Maass, Ivan Madeo, Oliver Keidel; CINEMATOGRAPHER: Felix von Muralt; EDITOR: Andreas Radtke; MUSIC: Beat Solèr; PRODUCER: Ivan Madeo, Stefan Eichenberger, Urs Frey, Jan Krüger, Jörg Trentmann; CO-PRODUCER: Thomas Reisser, Marcus Machura
Barbara Hug (Marie Leuenberger) is a young radical lawyer fighting Switzerland’s antiquated prison system in the 1980s. Walter Stürm (Joel Basma) 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.
Black Nights 2020 Competition
By Giorgia Del Don
“Aesthetically well-matched, this acting pair breathes life into two strong characters who are subsequently burned onto our brains for a very long time.”
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