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.
Franz Rogowski – Germany’s Joaquin Phoenix – grounds Great Freedom in typically stunning performance, capturing Hans’ strength, charisma and vulnerability over the story’s three decades: from his transfer from a Nazi concentration camp to a ‘liberal’ jail, his occasional release to the ending of the law. Winner of the Jury prize at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard, director Sebastian Meise has returned with one of the key films of 2021.