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In postwar Germany, the Allies’ liberation does not mean freedom for everyone. Under Paragraph 175, Hans (Franz Rogowski, TRANSIT) is spied on and imprisoned again and again, solely because of his sexuality. Throughout the years, the one steady relationship in his life proves to be the combative one he has with his cellmate Viktor (Georg Friedrich), a convicted murderer serving a life sentence. What begins as revulsion blossoms into something far more tender, a salve to nourish their broken spirits. Sebastian Meise’s GREAT FREEDOM is a revelation, a poignant tour-de-force anchored by Rogowski’s mesmerizing performance.
Presented in Partnership with
Fiction Feature Competition
Sabine Moser, Oliver Neumann, Benny Drechsel
Franz Rogowski, Georg Friedrich, Anton von Lucke, Thomas Prenn