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Große Freiheit Titelbild© Freibeuterfilm & Rohfilm

German Film Forum: In and Outside
Great Freedom

Germany / 2021 / 116’ 

Un Certain Regard Jury Prize, Cannes Film Festival
Best Cinematographer, Best Music, European Film Awards


Hans is always in and out of prison. His only crime? He’s a gay man living in post-war Germany, where homosexuality was a prisonable offence until 1994. The prison system slowly destroys his desire for freedom. Throughout it all, the only steady human relationship that he has is his long-term cell-mate, Viktor, a convicted murderer. What starts as revulsion grows into something resembling love, as the desire for human connection transcends prejudice.

Director: Sebastian Meise

Regie Sebastian Meise Foto © Elsa Okazaki Sebastian Meise is an Austrian director and screenwriter. His acclaimed debut feature film STILLIFE premiered at San Sebastian IFF and won several awards such as Best Feature Film at Diagonale Film Festival. His documentary film OUTING was presented at the Hot Docs Festival in Toronto. His second feature film GREAT FREEDOM with German shooting star Franz Rogowski and Berlinale Silver bear awardee Georg Friedrich in the leading roles will have its world premiere in the Official Selection Un Certain Regard of the Cannes Film Festival 2021. He co-founded the Vienna based production company FreibeuterFilm.

Selected director’s filmography
2021 "Great Freedom"
2012 "Outing" (Documentary)
2011 "Still Life"
2006 "Daemonen" (Short)
2005 "Random" (Short)
2003 "Prises de Vues" (Short)

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