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GER22 Caged Birds

18+ 118 MIN
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Synopsis

In this intriguing political drama, 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. He hands her a secret file that was not supposed to have left the prison and the two form an unlikely alliance. 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 and takes him on as a client in hopes of using the publicity to advance her cause. But Stürm has a very different ideology of freedom and proves to be more difficult to manage than Babs realises.

Based on a true story, Caged Birds explores a radical partnership of conflicting priorities between state repression and personal freedom.

Awards

WINNER – Best Actress, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2020  

WINNER – Best Feature Film, Best Actor, Cinema Prize, Best Cinematography, Don Quijote Award, Avanca Film Festival 2021 

NOMINEE – Best Actress, Best Actor, Swiss Film Prize 2022 

Reviews

"A closely observed, clever portrait of two outsiders who held up a mirror to society and the authorities of the time."

- Cineman


Movie Information

Release date

Tuesday 24th May

Duration

118 min

Rating

18+

Cast

Jella Haase, Joel Basman, Marie Leuenberger, Anatole Taubman

Director

Oliver Rihs

Genre

Film Festival

Language

German and Swiss German with English subtitles

Participating Cinemas

Palace Barracks



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