Barbara Hug is a young radical lawyer fighting Switzerland’s antiquated prison system in the 1980s. Walter Sturm 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.

  • Director

    Oliver Rihs

  • Version

    Swiss-German / German (OV)
    with English subtitles

  • Produced by

    Ivan Madeo, Stefan Eichenberger, Urs Frey, Jan Krüger, Jörg Trentmann
    (Contrast Film, Port au Prince Film & Kultur Produktion)

  • Cast

    Marie Leuenberger, Joel Basman, Jella Haase

  • Genre


  • Running Time

    118 min.

  • Release

    Port au Prince Picture
    December 3, 2020

  • Festivals

    Hamburg Film Festival | Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival Official Competition | Camerimage | Belas Artes Kino (Sao Paulo) | Moscow International Film Festival | Avanca Film Festival | Beijing International Film Festival | Fünfseen FF | Das Filmfest Prag | Waterloo Historical Film Festival | European Film Festival | German FIlmweek (Poland/Australia) | KOZZI Film Festival |

  • Awards

    Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2020: Best Actress - Marie Leuenberger | Avanca Film Festival - FICC D. Quixote Award, Best Feature Film Prize, Best Actress Prize, Cinematography Prize

  • Year


  • Status


credits not contractual