Great Freedom / Große Freiheit
Austria/Germany, 2021, 116 min, DCP. In German with English subtitles.
Dates and times of screenings at Anthology Film Archives:
Thurs & Fri, July 21 & 22 at 7:30.
Filmmaker Sebastian Meise will be at the event in person for an audience Q&A!
Tickets can be bought online here for July 21, and here for July 22 or at Anthology's box office (32 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003) on the day of the show. The box office opens 30 minutes before the first show of the day.
Please note: To attend the screenings at Anthology Film Archives, proof of vaccination is required (vaccination cards – original or photo – or Excelsior Pass) and masks must be worn at all times, in the lobbies, theaters, and bathrooms. In accordance with CDC recommendations, this includes those who have received the COVID-19 vaccination.
About the film:
“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 GREAT FREEDOM, 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’s 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, VIENNALE