Mathias Kneissl was a legendary bandit, a folk hero, in turn-of-the-century Bavaria. Born into a poor innkeepers' family as the eldest of six children, he and his brother Alois often go poaching with their father. When their father is beaten to death while being arrested, Alois fires at the policemen and both young men are sent to prison even though Mathias is innocent. Six years later, as a free man, Kneissl resolves to lead a respectable life and meets the love of his life, Mathilde. His past, however, soon catches up with him and the authorities, one lawman in particular, make life harder and harder for him. 'Once a criminal always a criminal'. Mathias decides to emigrate to America with Mathilde. If he can't make an honest living at home in Bavaria, he'll do so elsewhere. But in order to raise the money they need for the passage, he has no choice but to turn to crime. The beginning of a tragic ending...
Cast: Maximilian Brückner, Maria Furtwängler, Brigitte Hobmeier, Adele Neuhauser
Director: Marcus H. Rosenmüller