Hans (Franz Rogowski) is gay, which is still a crime in post-World War II Germany. The notorious paragraph 175 is still in force and destroys all Hans’ hopes for a life in freedom. Upon returning once more into prison after living out his desires he meets Viktor (Georg Friedrich), a convicted murderer.
Spanning decades, the spectre of Nazism lingers heavily throughout the film – while it may take place in the years following the downfall of Hitler, the impact of his barbaric laws still remains embedded in the fabric of German society. This genre-bending political drama dives deep into the anguish of its characters while offering a most extraordinary portrayal of queer romance at the same time.
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Sebastian Meise (snd 1976)
Stillleben (Still Life, 2011), Outing (2012), Grosse Freiheit (Great Freedom, 2021)