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by Oliver Rihs


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.

international title: Caged Birds
original title: Bis Wir Tot sind oder Frei
working title: Storm
country: Switzerland, Germany
sales agent: The Playmaker (ex ARRI Media Worldsales)
year: 2020
genre: fiction
directed by: Oliver Rihs
film run: 118'
release date: CH 14/01/2021, DE 25/02/2021
screenplay: Dave Tucker, Oliver Rihs, Norbert Maass, Ivan Madeo, Oliver Keidel
cast: Marie Leuenberger, Joel Basman, Jella Haase
cinematography by: Felix von Muralt
film editing: Andres Radtke
art director: Urs Beuter
costumes designer: Gudrun Schretzmeier
music: Beat Solèr
producer: Ivan Madeo, Jörg Trentmann, Stefan Eichenberger, Jan Krüger, Thomas Reisser, Marcus Machura
production: Contrast Film, Port-Au-Prince Pictures GmbH, Niama Film GmbH, SRF - Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen, Teleclub AG, ARTE Deutschland, BR Bayerischer Rundfunk, HR - Hessischer Rundfunk
distributor: Ascot Elite Entertainment Group, Port-Au-Prince Pictures GmbH

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