|Original title||Escape into the reeds|
|Country of production||Austria|
|Long||93, 90 minutes|
|Age rating||FSK 16|
|script|| Werner Riemerschmid |
|production|| Walter Robert Lach |
Flucht ins Schilf is an Austrian crime film made in the border area with Hungary from 1952 by Kurt Steinwendner with a number of young actors at the time who would later make careers, including Gerhard Riedmann , Kurt Jaggberg , Walter Regelsberger and Alexander Kerst .
At the Neusiedlersee in the far east of Austria. The district hunter Imre Karoly hears a shot and his dog picks up the trail and discovers a dead man in the reed-surrounded moor. It is the postman Gerhard Altdorfer. Since traces of abuse are discovered on his corpse and the dead man was apparently also robbed, it is assumed that it must be a crime. An entire village is worried, an entire village is suspected of murder. Soon the rumor spreads that a gypsy must be the murderer. But the suspicion is premature, and the investigation finally focuses on five young men, including district hunter's son Stephan Karoly and Walter Koger and three other young men.
Finally, the investigations reveal that on the night of the crime, for romantic reasons, Koger was with Elisabeth Karoly, the district hunter's daughter. However, she cannot give Walter an alibi because Elisabeth is engaged to the police officer investigating the murder and does not want to endanger this relationship. As Walter soon gets seriously in a mess, Elisabeth breaks her silence and gives him the much-needed alibi. Finally the sequence of events is clarified. The postman wasn't nearly as innocent as he thought. He had borrowed a bike without being asked and was followed by Stephan and his friends. A tangible argument ensued in which the four young men chased Altdorfer and beat them together. The postman fled from his pursuers into the reeds and drowned in the moor.
Escape into the Reeds was created in 1952 around Lake Neusiedl and was released in limited form in Austrian cinemas in February 1953. In Germany, the film has only been shown briefly since its premiere on April 1, 1954 in Munich.
In the Film Archive Austria you can read: “The plot, which is based on a true incident, leads us into the hot, flat landscape around Lake Neusiedl, between dense reeds and wide Puszta steppe. The conflict between hunters, poachers and gendarmes as well as the relationships between the other characters are staged here based on Italian neorealism. " 
- Short review on filmarchiv.at
- Escape into the reeds. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed October 1, 2020 .