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Great Freedom


It’s been 10 years since Michael Haneke’s Amour earned Austria its last — and only its second — Oscar, but Sebastian Meise’s tender-hearted LGBTQ prison drama could gather enough momentum following its bow in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard sidebar, where it won the jury prize. The film, just Meise’s second after his 2010 debut, Still Life, follows Franz Rogowski as Hans, a homosexual man in post-World War II Germany, where the notorious Paragraph 175 statute sees him repeatedly locked up for acting on his desires and charts his growing, decades-in-developmen­t romance with a cellmate.

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