GREAT FREEDOM (GROSSE FREIHEIT) World Cinema

GREAT FREEDOM (GROSSE FREIHEIT)

Austria Official International Feature Film Oscar® Submission

Winner of the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival and nominated for the Queer Palm, Franz Rogowski [who starred in the AFI FEST films HAPPY END (2017) and I WAS AT HOME, BUT…(2019)] captivates as the lovesick Hans in Sebastian Meise’s second narrative feature 10 years following his debut (STILL LIFE). Incessantly imprisoned for breaking Germany’s “Paragraph 175” – a law that makes homosexuality a crime – Hans’ life unfolds in postwar Germany over three periods of time and with three distinct relationships. He has a brief but passionate connection with Leo, a soft-spoken schoolteacher, and a longer, more serious romance with Oskar. But Hans’ most complex and profound relationship is with Viktor, his homophobic cellmate, who after 20 years grows to be his closest confidante. –Julia Kipnis

Sebastian Meise is an Austrian director and screenwriter. His award-winning debut film STILL LIFE screened at San Sebastian Film Festival, and his documentary OUTING was presented at Hot Docs in Toronto. His second feature GREAT FREEDOM premiered at Cannes in 2021. He also co-founded the Vienna-based production company FreibeuterFilm.

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Details

Country: Austria, Germany

Year: 2021

Director: Sebastian Meise

Screenwriters: Thomas Reider, Sebastian Meise

Producers: Sabine Moser, Oliver Neumann, Benny Drechsel

Director of Photography: Crystel Fournier

Editor: Joana Scrinzi

Production Designer: Michael Randel

Music: Nils Petter Molvaer, Peter Brötzmann

Cast/Featuring: Franz Rogowski, Georg Friedrich, Anton von Lucke, Thomas Prenn

Running Time (minutes): 116

Language: German

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