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OT: Bis Wir Tot Sind Oder Frei

Oliver Rihs // Switzerland, Germany, 2020
Fiction Feature // FF2020
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Walter Stürm is seen as the break-out king of Switzerland and was an idol of the left. The film portrays the criminal legend – and the very special relationship he had with his lawyer. No door, no safe was safe from him. And no prison. Between 1974 and 1995 Walter Stürm (Joel Basman) broke out of prison eight times, the price was years of solitary confinement. This drew the attention of the left-wing political scene. An idealistic lawyer Barbara Hug (Marie Leuenberger) would like to use his popularity to reform the antiquated Swiss penal system. But the less Stürm bends to her logic, the more she falls under the spell of his categoric desire for freedom.


OLIVER RIHS (*1971) was born in Switzerland and has lived in Berlin since 2001. His comedy Achtung, Fertig, WK! was the most successful Swiss film of 2013.


Bis Wir Tot Sind Oder Frei

Fiction Feature

Swiss German

Große Freiheit//FF2020

Switzerland, Germany


118 min

OV with German subtitles

Oliver Rihs

Dave Tucker, Co-Autoren: Oliver Rihs, Norbert Maass, Ivan Madeo, Oliver Keidel

Joel Basman, Marie Leuenberger, Jella Haase

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

Felix von Muralt

Ramón Orza

Andreas Radtke

Beat Solèr

Urs Beuter

Gudrun Schretzmeier

Stefan Hoffmann (SRF), Tamara Mattle (SRF), Sven Wälti (SRG SSR), Anke Beining (TELECLUB), Andreas Schreitmüller (ARTE), Cornelia Ackers (BR), Carlos Gerstenhauer (BR), Monika Lobkowicz (BR/ARTE), Jörg Himstedt (HR)

Port au Prince Pictures

LOA International

Contrast Film Zürich; Port au Prince Film & Kultur Produktion GmbH

Hanna Freund, Port au Prince Pictures : hf@port-prince.de

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