Film screening

German Movie Nights: Free Country

Free Country




Language: German with English subtitles
Price: Free admission Registration required

The German Film Office is pleased to continue its German Movie Nights series in 2022 with the film Free Country by Christian Alvart. The film will be available to stream across the United States.

In the winter of 1992 police detectives Bach and Stein find themselves in a desolate part of East Germany, where there is little sign of the blooming landscapes promised by Chancellor Helmut in the process of reunification. Two teenage girls have gone missing and the rumor is they have absconded to the West. As it soon turns out, they are not the first young women from the area to disappear without a trace. The unequal detectives immerse themselves in the local web of lies: Bach, whose complicated past gradually comes to light, was part of the GDR’s executive apparatus; Stein, the more volatile of the two, is dispatched from the Western city of Hamburg to this unruly place. Free Country is thought-provoking, exciting genre cinema with an awareness of history.

Adapted from the 2014 Spanish film Marshland by Alberto Rodríguez.

“If you like gritty detective stories, post-cold war intrigue or the creepy True Detective vibe, this is well worth your time.” (Benjamin Leonard, Movie Jawn)

Freies Land
Dir. Christian Alvart
With Felix Kramer, Trystan Pütter, Nora von Waldstätten
Germany, 2019
129 minutes