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Franz Rogowski to star as a man convicted of homosexuality in Great Freedom

Austrian filmmaker Sebastian Meise, whose debut film, Still Life, won the Award for Best Feature Film at the 2012 edition of the Diagonale, is now readying Great Freedom (working title). Interweaving time periods, the director’s sophomore feature will tell the life story of Hans Hoffman, a man who spends most of his adult life in jail. While almost all prisoners are released from the concentration camps at the end of World War II, Hans gets transferred directly to prison, found guilty of homosexuality in accordance with the infamous Paragraph 175, a provision of the German Criminal Code in force since 1872 and tightened in 1935, which continued to apply after the end of the war. Yet Hans continues his search for love, even in jail.
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