Great Freedom (Große Freiheit)

Cert 18

13th October 2022

Winner – Cannes Film Festival 2021 Un Certain Regard Jury Prize – Sebastian Meise (Director); Winner – German Film Awards Bronze Award – Outstanding Feature Film

Director: Sebastian Meise

Cast: Franz Rogowski, Sebastian Meise, Anton Von Lucke

Country: Germany           German (English subs)   116 minutes

UK release date: Oct 2021

In post-war Germany, liberation by the Allies does not mean freedom for everyone. Formerly a wartime inmate of concentration camps, Hans (Rogowski) is repeatedly imprisoned under Paragraph 175, which criminalizes homosexuality. Over the decades, with his number tattooed on his arm, he develops an unlikely bond with his straight cellmate Viktor (Georg Friedrich). Freedom for Hans finally comes in 1969.

“Great Freedom is a formidably intelligent and well-acted prison movie and also a love story.” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

“Great Freedom is a portrait of a political journey, as well as that of a quietly fascinating hero.” – Anna Smith, Time Out

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