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The Swiss escape artist as a movie star

He was a Bank robber, a burglar and it was in the eighties, to the Hero of the Left and of the youth movement: the professional criminals to Walter Stürm, came

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The Swiss escape artist as a movie star

He was a Bank robber, a burglar and it was in the eighties, to the Hero of the Left and of the youth movement: the professional criminals to Walter Stürm, came in 1942 as the son of a wealthy Industrialist in Goldach, Canton of St. Gallen to the world and his "career" as a 20-Year-old with the sale of stolen cars was launched. It is robberies, break-ins followed, hostage-taking, and a total of eight outbreaks from prisons.

The most famous eruption was probably that of Easter in 1981 from the prison in the rain village when he's looking for a piece of paper with the words "I'm the Easter eggs, rushed in" left behind.

Robin Hood

rushed in stylized created in the eighties in the youth movement and in left-wing circles of great Reputation, because he fought against the isolation detention, and therefore in the hunger strike entered. With its resistance against the authorities and the "prison fight," he was stylized to a Robin Hood up.

solidarity rally for the in the prison of Regensdorf imprisoned Walter Stürm in may 1987 in Zurich. Image: Keystone

Now his life is rushed in a movie, such as the "Blick" reported:: ": Until we are dead or free" is the title of the Film. Directed by Oliver Rihs, who landed the feature film "Achtung, Fertig, WK!" already, in 2013, a blockbuster. The 29-year-old Swiss Joel Basman plays in the Film, Walter rushed in. The movie is supposed to come by the middle of 2020 in the cinemas – exactly 40 years after the youth unrest.

In the foreground of the film, the relationship between Walter Stürm and his lawyer Barbara Hug, says producer Ivan Madeo the "Tages-Anzeiger". The two have a love-hate relationship, you were gone almost twenty years of a common path. Both of them were lonely people who needed the end each other, said Madeo. While Stürm was a great Egoist and looked, fought the 2005 deceased criminal defense lawyer against the Rich and Powerful. The Film would not glorify rushed or demonize, but an exciting, yet broken and split personality.

During the research for the script has also collaborated with Reto Kohler, wrote in 2004, a 300-page biography of Walter rushed in. In an Interview in the "Tagblatt der Stadt Zürich" said Kohler at the time that Walter Stürm was a Hero of the youth movement. The subject of prison was a major political issue. With its resistance against the authorities and the "prison fight" Walter Stürm taken an important left-hand Argument. Later, miss he needed but the appropriate rhetoric, because, actually, the concern of the Left is not interested in him. Stürm had used his great but false charm in a targeted and knew how to manipulated people.

"Stürm contradictory

One, of the Walter Stürm experienced knew" personally, Hugo is a port man. The 61-Year-old, who now works at disposal + Recycling Zürich (ERZ), sass due to Bank robberies, and other crimes almost half of his life in prison. He had invaded in 1998, together with Walter Stürm, in the Canton of Thurgau, a Bank, in this case, both men were arrested. Port man had rushed contradictory, in the prison he had been helpful, in the freedom he had used people as a means to an end. He was a good salesman of his own Person.

Asked whether he would watch the movie over Stürm, port man is still undecided. He is skeptical, is the risk, however great, that rushed in the Film may be glorified, what would be your choice for the Victims. Stürm was from wealthy backgrounds have come and have had no need to be a career criminal, says Portmann.

it is Precisely this glorification does not take place in the Film, but, says producer Ivan Madeo. One-sided heroic figures in movie were Japanese. Stürm is suitable for the big screen, precisely because he is ambivalent.

Stürm committed at 13. In September 1999, in the women's fields of study of prison suicide. The 57-Year-old was sitting there because of a failed Bank robbery in the Canton of Thurgau. The "escape artist" spent about half his life in prison or on the run.

Film about escape Lenzlinger

in addition to the movie about rushed another film project, a further man who had thrown in the past high waves: from Zurich to escape helper, Hans Ulrich Lenzlinger. He, too, ended tragically. Lenzlinger, was shot dead in his house in Zurich-Höngg in February 1979 by a person or persons Unknown. Lenzlinger was in the seventies one of the most famous escape helper. He organized against payment of the removal of the escape-willing GDR citizens to West Germany. He was a colorful character and kept in his house several predators. With his tame cheetahs, he posed willingly in front of the media.

Who shot the 50-Year-old in his house, is not known. It was the Stasi, the state security and secret police of the GDR, or was it his staff, as the former Prosecutor suspected? According to the "view" should now be the life of this adventurer from the Swiss-Austrian actor Max Simonischek. The filming of "The Leopard", the title of the movie based on the Stasi file with the same name, are scheduled for the spring of 2020. The Budget is 4.5 million Swiss francs. Director of the Berne Cihan Inan.


Created: 03.04.2019, 11:25 PM

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