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In Caged Birds, 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.

  • Year
    2021
  • Runtime
    118 minutes
  • Language
    German, Spanish
  • Country
    Switzerland
  • Premiere
    11/20/21
  • Rating
    Not Rated
  • Director
    Oliver Rihs
  • Screenwriter
    Oliver Rihs, Oliver Keidel, Ivan Madeo, Norbert Maass, Dave Tucker
  • Producer
    Jan Krüger, Urs Frey, Ivan Madeo, Stefan Eichenberger
  • Cast
    Joel Basman, Jella Haase, Anatole Taubman
  • Cinematographer
    Felix von Muralt