14 Days to Life

14 Days to Life (German: 14 Tage lebenslänglich) is a 1997 German thriller film directed by Roland Suso Richter.[1]

14 Days to Life
14 Tage lebenslänglich
Directed byRoland Suso Richter
Screenplay byHolger Karsten Schmidt
Produced byMartin Heldmann
Werner Koenig
CinematographyMartin Langer
Edited byPeter R. Adam
Music byUlrich Reuter
Christoph Gracian Schubert
Release date
  • 3 April 1997 (1997-04-03)
Running time
105 minutes


Young lawyer Konrad von Seidlitz is celebrating his engagement with Cornelia, the daughter of justice minister Friedemann Volkerts. He hasn't paid his parking fines for two years, and as a publicity stunt to boost his career, he insists on being sentenced to jail for two weeks as punishment. While inside, he behaves arrogantly, believing that his knowledge of the system will protect him. He manages to make a few enemies, however, and one day prior to his release, two hundred grams of cocaine are found in his cell during a search. Instead of being released after two weeks as planned, he is sentenced to two years without parole for drug trafficking as a result of a plot by his law firm partner Axel Häring, who is having an affair with Seidlitz's fiancée.

Seidlitz now discovers the harsh reality of everyday prison life. He is humiliated and his reputation destroyed. As he gradually learns how to adapt to his new situation, he befriends another prisoner, Viktor Czernetzky, who helps him uncover the intrigue and restore his reputation. Seidlitz escapes his confinement with the help of the prison doctor, among others, but later returns voluntarily in order to secure the support of his fellow prisoners for the fight against Häring. A showdown takes place in court between the former law firm partners and Häring is sentenced to a five-year prison term. Seidlitz believes he has left the nightmare behind him; however, his connections to the criminal underworld eventually catch up with him. He is forced into a hopeless life and death situation and must save his friend Czernetzky by committing murder.



  1. ^ "Anwalt unter Druck" [Lawyer Under Pressure]. Der Spiegel (in German). 7 April 1997. Retrieved 28 August 2021.

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