Athens International Film Festival

GREAT FREEDOM / GROSSE FREIHEIT

23/09/2021, 21:45, DANAOS
24/09/2021, 19:30, AEGLI ZAPPION

In post-war Germany and while homosexuality is punished as a criminal offense, a man is sent to prison repeatedly because of his sexual preferences. As the film spans twenty years of his life, his imprisonment becomes an ongoing struggle for survival and for the preservation of his rights regarding what he defines as desire and independence. A courageous drama and simultaneously an unconventional love story, with the great performance of the up-and-coming Franz Rogowski (“Transit”), this bold film won the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Director in attendance. 


AUSTRIA, GERMANY | 2021 | COLOR | DCP | 116’ | GERMAN

1968, West Germany. Images from public toilets shot with a police camera show Hans during his intimate moments with unknown men. Cut to Court. A two year sentence. The reason? The infamous German Paragraph 175, which from the 19th century to 1994 considered punishable what you are instead of what you do. It should be noted, in order to grasp fully Sebastian Maize’s deeper meaning, that Hans had been at a Nazi camp and post-war he was taken immediately to jail. The sense of time, incident and freedom. A great Franz Rogowski, reaching great acting heights, carving on his face and body the vengeful mark of an age-long obscurantist authority. A heart-breaking ending and Jury Prize at ‘Un Certain Regard’ at Cannes. I.D.

DIRECTOR: Sebastian Meise
SCREENWRITERS: Thomas Reider, Sebastian Meise
DoP: Crystel Fournier
MUSIC: Nils Petter Molvaer, Peter Brötzmann
EDITOR: Joana Scrinzi
PRINCIPAL CAST: Franz Rogowski, Georg Friedrich, Anton von Lucke, Thomas Prenn

SEBASTIAN MEISE
Austrian director born in 1976. He studied Philosophy and Musicology in New York and directing at the Film Academy of Vienna with Michael Haneke. He has directed several short films and documentaries. This is his second feature film.

FILMOGRAPHY
2021
Great Freedom
2011 Still Life


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        23/09/2021, 19:15, TRIANON
        27/09/2021, 22:15, RIVIERA

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        24/09/2021, 22:15, RIVIERA
        28/09/2021, 19:30, TRIANON

        THE FIRST DEATH OF JOANA / A PRIMEIRA MORTE DE JOANA

        THE FIRST DEATH OF JOANA / A PRIMEIRA MORTE DE JOANA

        25/09/2021, 19:45, RIVIERA
        29/09/2021, 22:00, AEGLI ZAPPION

        HIT THE ROAD / JADDEH KHAKI

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        25/09/2021, 22:15, AEGLI ZAPPION
        28/09/2021, 22:15, STELLA

        HUMAN FACTORS

        HUMAN FACTORS

        26/09/2021, 21:45, DANAOS
        28/09/2021, 22:15, GREEK FILM ARCHIVE

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        27/09/2021, 20:00, STELLA
        1/10/2021, 22:30, STELLA

        PEBBLES / KOOZHANGAL

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        27/09/2021, 22:30, TRIANON
        30/09/2021, 22:30, GREEK FILM ARCHIVE

        A BALANCE / YUKO NO TENBIN

        A BALANCE / YUKO NO TENBIN

        28/09/2021, 20:30, DANAOS
        1/10/2021, 22:15, RIVIERA

        LIBERTAD

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        29/09/2021, 19:45, RIVIERA
        1/10/2021, 22:15, FLERRY CINEMA

        THE SACRED SPIRIT / ESPÍRITU SAGRADO

        THE SACRED SPIRIT / ESPÍRITU SAGRADO

        29/09/2021, 22:15, RIVIERA
        2/10/2021, 22:00, FLERRY CINEMA

        AZOR

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        30/09/2021, 19:00, IDEAL
        1/10/2021, 19:30, FLERRY CINEMA

        PRAYERS FOR THE STOLEN / NOCHE DE FUEGO

        PRAYERS FOR THE STOLEN / NOCHE DE FUEGO

        30/09/2021, 22:00, DANAOS
        1/10/2021, 19:30, RIVIERA

        AWARD-WINNING FILM SCREENING

        AWARD-WINNING FILM SCREENING

        3/10/21, 21:30, FLERRY CINEMA