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Great Freedom

OT: Große Freiheit

Sebastian Meise // Austria, Germany, 2021
Fiction Feature // FF2021
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Love in the age of Paragraph 175: In post-war Germany, a man keeps being sent to jail for his homosexuality and meets a man serving a life sentence. An intense film about desire and freedom. Hans (Franz Rogowski) is gay, which is still a crime in post-war Germany. The notorious §175 is still in force and destroys all Hans’ hopes for a life in freedom. In prison he, the multiple recidivist, meets Viktor (Georg Friedrich), a convicted murderer. Over the decades, the men’s initial disgust for each other develops into a intense connection full of respect and empathy.


SEBASTIAN MEISE is an Austrian director and screenwriter. His acclaimed debut feature film Stilllife premiered at San Sebastian Film Festival and won several awards. His documentary film Outing was presented at the Hot Docs Festival in Toronto. His latest feature film Great Freedom with Franz Rogowski and Georg Friedrich in the leading roles had its world premiere in the Official Selection Un Certain Regard of the Cannes Film Festival 2021 where it won the Jury Prize. The film was also awarded with the Heart of Sarajevo for Best Feature Film and for Best Actor Georg Friedrich, as well as with the CICAE Arthouse Award. Sebastian Meise co-founded the Vienna based production company FreibeuterFilm.



Große Freiheit

Fiction Feature


Große Freiheit//FF2021

Austria, Germany


100 min

OV with English subtitles

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Piffl Medien

The Match Factory

FreibeuterFilm; Rohfilm Productions

Hans-Christian Boese, Piffl Medien: info@pifflmedien.de


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