Great Freedom

image from the film Great Freedom

image from the film GREAT FREEDOM

“In post-war Germany, liberation by the Allies does not mean freedom for everyone. Hans is imprisoned again and again under Paragraph 175, a law criminalizing homosexuality. Over the course of decades, he develops an unlikely yet tender bond with his cellmate Viktor, a convicted murderer.” (

A “gripping, tender-hearted prison drama… Meise’s film is an exquisite marriage of personal, political and sensual storytelling, its narrative and temporal drift tightened by another performance of quietly piercing vulnerability from Franz Rogowski.” (Variety)

Winner of the Jury Award, Un Certain Regard, Cannes. Austria’s entry for Best International Feature Oscar, the film is now one of 15 films shortlisted for the award.

Paragraph 175 criminalized male homosexual activity in Germany and remained on the books from 1871 to 1994.

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In German & English

Ithaca Premiere