PODCAST | Matt Micucci interviews Sebastian Meise, director of the film Great Freedom.
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An interview with Sebastian Meise, director of Great Freedom, recently presented at the 2021 Torino Film Festival. The film is a prison-set LGTBQ drama about friendship and love, against the backdrop of postwar Germany and the little-known Paragraph 175 provision of the German Criminal Code. In this inteview, Meise talks about researching Paragraph 175, directing a movie within the limitations of a prison setting and working with the cast, including Franz Rogowski, who won an acting award for his performance in the film at the Torino Film Festival.
Great Freedom : In postwar Germany, Hans is imprisoned again and again for being homosexual. The one steady relationship in his life becomes his long time cell mate, Viktor, a convicted murderer. What starts in revulsion grows to something called love.