MUBI released the official trailer for Great Freedom, the Austrian gay drama film directed by Sebastian Meise that had its World Premiere at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival and won the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize.
The film had its UK premiere at the BFI London Film Festival, and actor Franz Rogowski won the Special Jury Prize for Exceptional Performance at the Hamptons International Film Festival. Great Freedom was included on the International Feature Film shortlist for the 94th Academy Awards®. Also starring in the film are Georg Friedrich, Anton von Lucke and Leo Thomas Prenn.
Great Freedom will open theatrically in NY on March 4, 2022 at Film Forum and expand nationwide.
In Germany after WWII, the liberation by the Allies did not mean freedom for everyone. Hans (Franz Rogowski, Transit) has been found guilty of something the government deems a crime: he is gay. Under Paragraph 175, homosexuality is grounds for imprisonment, and Hans–over the course of multiples decades–is spied on and repeatedly jailed solely for his sexuality. As he returns to prison, again and again, Hans develops an ever-closer relationship with his cellmate Viktor, a convicted murderer serving a life sentence. What begins as revulsion blossoms over time to something far more tender, something close to love.