Oscars: Austria submits Sebastian Meise's "Great Freedom"

Sebastian Meise’s homosexual love drama “Große Freiheit” is supposed to win the international Oscar for Austria next year. At least after its world premiere in Cannes, where it received the jury award in the Un Certain Regard section, this year it will be submitted as a red-white-red candidate for the Oscar abroad. This was decided by the appointed jury, as announced by the Film and Music Industry Association in the Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday.

From November in the domestic cinemas

In Meise’s drama, which can be seen in the cinema from November 19, the focus is on Hans, played by shooting star Franz Rogowski. Over the years he has been imprisoned again and again in post-war Germany for his homosexuality. In the course of time, a love story with the inmate Viktor (Georg Friedrich) that outlasts all the hardships develops.

“A socially relevant topic, a current and at the same time historical material is told radically”, the jury justified their choice of the work co-produced by Freibeuterfilm: “The film is dense, focused and touching. The reduced, all the more pointed dialogues deserve special mention.”

Award ceremony in March

Whether or not it will make “Great Freedom” shine in Hollywood may already be decided on December 21, when the Academy will announce the shortlist for the awards. The final list of nominees will then be fixed on February 8, 2022, before the 94th Oscargala takes place on March 27 in the Dolgy Theater.

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