GREAT FREEDOM

Fiction Feature Film

by Sebastian Meise

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A/D/2021 116 min.

Cast: Franz Rogowski, Georg Friedrich, Anton von Lucke, Thomas Prenn
DOP: Crystel Fournier, afc
Production design: Michael Randel
Costume design: Tanja Hausner, Andrea Hölzl
Make up & Hair: Heiko Schmidt, Roman Braunhofer, Kerstin Gaecklein
Casting: Eva Roth, Benjamin Roth
Sound: Jörg Theil, Atanas Tcholakov, Manuel Meichsner
Editing: Joana Scrinzi, aea
Music: Nils Petter Molvaer, Peter Brötzmann
Producers: Sabine Moser, Oliver Neumann, Benny Drechsel
Production: FreibeuterFilm & Rohfilm Productions
Screenplay: Thomas Reider, Sebastian Meise
Director: Sebastian Meise

Supported by: Austrian Film Institute (ÖFI), Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung (MDM), Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM), German Federal Film Fund (DFFF), ORF Film/Fernseh-Abkommen, Film Industry Support Austria (FISA), Vienna Film Fund (FFW), Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg (MBB) and ZDF

Distributor: Piffl Medien (DE), Filmladen (AU)

 

World Sales: The Match Factory

74th Festival de Cannes – Jury Prize (Un Certain Regard)
Odesa International Film Festival 2021
Sarajevo Film Festival 2021 – Best Film, Best Actor Georg Friedrich, CICAE Arthouse cinema Award
Melbourne International Film Festival 2021
Jerusalem Film Festival 2021
Valenciennes Film Festivals 2021 – Best Film, Best Actor Franz Rogowski, Special Mention of the Jury
Zürich, Frauenfeld Pink Apple Film Festival 2021
Athens IFF 2021 – Prize of the Greek Film Critics Union Association, Fisher Audience Award
Zürich IFF 2021
Viennale IF 2021 – Wiener Filmpreis für den besten österreichischen Film, Erste Bank MehrWERT Preis
Constance, Queergestreift Film Festival 2021
Nuremberg International Human Rights Film Festival 2021
Filmfest Hamburg 2021
Reykjavik IFF 2021
Bratislava Slovak Queer Film Festival 2021
Busan IFF 2021
Montreal Festival du nouveau cinema 2021 – Louve d’Or Award
BFI London 2021
Hamptons IFF 2021 – Special Jury Prize for Exceptional Performances – Franz Rogowski
Bogota IFF 2021
Istanbul Autumn Film Week 2021
Film Fest Gent 2021
Queer Film Festival Munich 2021
Chicago IFF 2021 – Gold Q-Hugo Award
Waterloo Festival International du Film Historique 2021 – Best Actor: Franz Rogowski
Riga IFF 2021
Philadelphia Film Festival 2021
Weiterstadt Queer Filmfest 2021
Regensburg Queer-Streifen Film Festival 2021 – Publikumspreis für Bester Langfilm
Montclair Film Festival 2021 – Special Jury Prize for Directing
Brisbane IFF 2021
Sao Paulo IFF 2021
New Zealand IFF 2021
Brunswick IFF 2021
Biberbach Festspiele 2021 – Publikumspreis
Denver Film Festival 2021
Leeds IFF 2021
Sydney IFF 2021
Miami Film Festival 2021
Münster Queer-Streufen – Queere Filmtage 2021
Bern Queersicht LGBTQI-Filmfestival 2021
St.Louis Whitaker IFF 2021
Iverness Film Festival 2021
Sevilla IFF 2021 – Golden Giraldillo Award Best Actor Franz Rogowski, Asecan Jury Award Sebastian Meise
Cork IFF 2021
Los Angeles AFI Fest 2021
Ljubljana IFF “Liffe” 2021
Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival 2021
Brussels Pink Screens – Queer Film Festival 2021
Wiesbaden Exground Filmfest 2021
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2021
Energa Camerimage IFF 2021
Zagreb Film Festival 2021 – Golden Pram for Best Feature Film
Cambridge Film Festival 2021
Melbourne Queer Film Festival 2021
Singapore IFF 2021
Belgrade Festival of Auteur Films 2021
Torino Film Festival 2021 – Award Best Actor – Franz Rogowski
QCinema IFF 2021
Europäischer Filmpreis 2021 – Excellent Award European Cinematography für Crystel Fournier & European Original Score für Nils Petter Molvær & Peter Brötzmann
Transatlantyk Festival 2021
AFI European Film Showcase 2021
Ljubljana LGBT Film Festival 2021
Les Arcs Film Festival 2021
Palm Springs IFF 2022

SYNOPSIS

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.

FILMSTILLS


Sebastian Meise is an Austrian director and screenwriter. His acclaimed debut feature film STIL LIFE 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 latest feature film GREAT FREEDOM with German shooting star Franz Rogowski and Berlinale Silver bear awardee 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 Prix du Jury.
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.
He co-founded the Vienna based production company FreibeuterFilm.

 

FILMOGRAPHY (selection)
2021 – GREAT FREEDOM – Fiction Feature Film
Offical Selection Un Certain Regard Prix du Jury Un Certain Regard, Heart of Sarajevo for Best Feature Film, Heart of Sarajevo for Best Actor Georg Friedrich, CICAE Arthouse Award

2012 – OUTING – Documentary
Hot Docs Toronto

2011 –  STILL LIFE –  Fiction Feature Film
Diagonale 2012 – Grand prize feature, Thomas Pluch appreciation award

2006 – DAEMONEN – Shortfilm – Based on the play by Lars Norén

2005 – RANDOM – Shortfilm
festivals (selection): DokumentART Neubrandenburg 05 and Cork Filmfestival 06

2003 – Prises de Vues – Shortfilm
festivals & awards (selection):International Filmfestival Venice 03, Best film by newcomer Diagonale 2003

Thomas Reider is an Austrian screenwriter, script consultant and filmmaker. He is a close collaborator of Sebastian Meise (STILL LIFE, OUTING, GREAT FREEDOM). Further credits include the script for the TV miniseries (TSCHUSCHEN: POWER) and he also directed the documentaries ZORN, OUTING and DER GELDMACHER. Thomas Reider is an Austrian screenwriter, script consultant and filmmaker. He is a close collaborator of Sebastian Meise (STILL LIFE, OUTING, GREAT FREEDOM). Further credits include the script for the TV miniseries (TSCHUSCHEN: POWER) and he also directed the documentaries ZORN, OUTING and DER GELDMACHER.
He wrote the screenplay for the award-winning TV movie SCHILLINGS FROM HEAVEN (dir. Urs Egger) that won amongst others the Golden Romy for best TV film. His cinematic work has been presented at renown festivals such as Cannes, Venice andSan Sebastian.

FILMOGRAPHY (selection)
2021 – GREAT FREEDOM – Fiction Feature Film (dir: Sebastian Meise)
Festival & Prizes Selection: Offical Selection Un Certain RegardPrix du Jury Un Certain Regard, Heart of Sarajevo for Best Feature Film, Heart of Sarajevo for Best Actor Georg Friedrich, CICAE Arthouse Award

2019 – DER GELDMACHER – TV Documentary (dir: Thomas Reider)

2018 – SHILLINGS FROM HEAVEN – TV Film(dir: Urs Egger)
Golden Romy Best TV Film

2012 – OUTING – Documentary  (dir: Sebastian Meise & Thomas Reider)
Hot Docs Toronto

2011 – STILL LIFE – Fiction Feature Film (dir: Sebastian Meise)
Diagonale 2012 – Grand prize feature, Thomas Pluch appreciation award

2008 – TSCHUSCHEN:POWER – TV Show  (dir: Jakob M. Erwa)

2004 – ZORN – TV Documentary (dir: Thomas Reider)

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