Narrative Feature | 117 minutes

HIFF 2021

 Narrative Competition

Directed by
Sebastian Meise

Produced by
Sabine Moser, Oliver Neumann, Benny Drechsel

Written by
Sebastian Meise, Thomas Reider

Franz Rogowski, Georg Friedrich, Anton von Lucke, Thomas Prenn

2021 | German | Austria/Germany

In postwar Germany, the Allies’ liberation does not mean freedom for everyone. Under Paragraph 175, Hans (Franz Rogowski, TRANSIT) is spied on and imprisoned again and again, solely because of his sexuality. Throughout the years, the one steady relationship in his life proves to be the combative one he has with his cellmate Viktor (Georg Friedrich), a convicted murderer serving a life sentence. What begins as revulsion blossoms into something far more tender, a salve to nourish their broken spirits. Winner of the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Sebastian Meise’s film is a revelation, a poignant tour-de-force anchored by Rogowski’s mesmerizing performance.