Great Freedom

by Sebastian Meise

Great Freedom


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.

2021: Great Freedom (Große Freiheit)
2012: Outing (Documentary)
2011: Still Life (Stilleben)
2008: Namut (TV-Doc)
2006: Daemonen (Short)
2005: Random (Short)
2003: Prises de Vues (Short)


Franz Rogowski: Hans Hoffmann
Georg Friedrich: Viktor
Anton von Lucke: Leo
Thomas Prenn: Oskar


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
Screenplay: Thomas Reider, Sebastian Meise
Director: Sebastian Meise

Technical Data

Original title: GROSSE FREIHEIT
International title: GREAT FREEDOM
Duration (min.): 116
Aspect Ratio: 1:1,85
Format: 2K
Sound: Dolby Digital
Year: 2021
Original language: German
Countries of production: Austria, Germany
Production Companies: FreibeuterFilm GmbH, Rohfilm Productions GmbH
With the support of: 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), ZDF, Piffl Medien

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