Great Freedom

Große Freiheit

DIRECTED BY: Sebastian Meise COUNTRY: Austria, Germany YEAR: 2021 SPOKEN LANGUAGE(S): German SUBTITLES: RUNNING TIME: 116 min

SECTION: Previews at Cinecittà


In post-war Germany Hans is imprisoned again and again for being homosexual. Due to paragraph 175 his desire for freedom is systematically destroyed. The one steady relationship in his life becomes his long time cell mate, Viktor, a convicted murderer. What starts as revulsion grows into something called love.

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.

Prises de Vues (2003), Random (2005), Daemonen (2006), Still Life (2011), Outing (2012), Große Freiheit (2021)

SCRIPT: Thomas Reider, Sebastian Meise PRODUCER: Sabine Moser, Oliver Neumann, Benny Drechsel CINEMATOGRAPHY: Crystel Fournier EDITOR: Joana Scrinzi SCORE: Nils Petter Molvaer, Peter Brötzmann CAST: Franz Rogowski, Georg Friedrich, Anton von Lucke, Thomas Prenn

PRODUCTION COMPANY: FreibeuterFilm GmbH (, Rohfilm Gmbh WORLD SALES: The Match Factory GmbH (