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Große Freiheit

Great Freedom
Sebastian Meise
Österreich, Deutschland 2021
116min
OmeU

Weil Hans homosexuell ist, landet er nach dem Konzentrationslager 1945 direkt im Gefängnis, das er über Jahrzehnte immer wieder nur kurz verlassen wird. Der Grund: Paragraf 175, der bis in die 1970er Jahre in der BRD sexuelle Handlungen zwischen erwachsenen Männern unter Strafe stellte. Meises tragisches Knast-Kammerspiel erzählt von einer unwahrscheinlichen Freundschaft und einem zerstörten Leben im Zeichen dieses Gesetzes. GROSSE FREIHEIT entwickelt dabei eine berückende Intimität, die sich verstärkt durch das intensiv vertiefte Spiel von Franz Rogowski und Georg Friedrich. (Sascha Rettig)

In Anwesenheit von Sebastian Meise und Mitgliedern des Teams.

Jail movies have always formed a fascinating sub-genre of film history: the human condition appears effectively amplified within the confinements of prison cells, corridors, and yards. Austrian director Sebastian Meise makes excellent use of spatial limitations in setting his third film, the fictional period piece GROSSE FREIHEIT, almost entirely within a penitentiary.
The story revolves around a young man called Hans who moves between freedom and prison on a regular basis since he insists on having consensual (yet illegal) gay sex. Paragraph 175 of the German Criminal Code, established in 1871, guarantees his prosecution. The narrative covers the years directly following World War II all the way until 1969, when “simple homosexuality” was finally decriminalized.
Franz Rogowski is a perfectly charismatic leading man precisely because of his quiet, introverted acting, but it is Georg Friedrich who takes on the even more interesting part as Hans’ long-time prison partner, slowly giving in to his romantic involvement. An impossible love story takes shape. Meise has a firm grasp on his character study, and he thankfully underplays all the latent pathos it contains, producing a sober, down-to-earth, yet emotionally involving romance. (Stefan Grissemann)

In the presence of Sebastian Meise and members of the team.

Sebastian Meise: PRISES DE VUES (2003, K), RANDOM (2005, K), DÆMONEN (2006, K), STILL LIFE (2011), OUTING (2012)

Credits
  • Franz Rogowski
  • Georg Friedrich
  • Anton von Lucke
  • Thomas Prenn
  • Thomas Reider
  • Sebastian Meise
  • Jörg Theil
  • Atanas Tcholakov
  • Manuel Meichsner
  • Crystel Fournier
  • Joana Scrinzi
  • Nils Petter Molvaer
  • Peter Brötzmann
  • Michael Randel
Freibeuterfilm, Rohfilm Productions

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Filmladen
DCP
Farbe
Fr. 29 Okt
20:15
Gartenbaukino
OmeU
Sa. 30 Okt
15:15
Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus
OmeU
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