Sebastian Meise’s film Great Freedom, described as “personal, political, and sensual” (Variety), arrives at New York’s Film Forum on March 4 and Los Angeles’s Laemmle Royal and Playhouse on March 11 before expanding to theaters across the US.
Set in post-war Germany, this stirring portrait of gay resistance and resilience turns a humanist eye towards a heartrending past. Unfolding across three decades, the film traces the repeated imprisonment of one man under Paragraph 175 — a law criminalizing homosexual activity.
After being “liberated” by Allied forces in 1945, Hans is transferred directly from a concentration camp to prison to finish out his sentence. There, he forms an unlikely connection with his cellmate Viktor, a convicted murderer. As Hans is jailed again and again, their relationship blossoms into something tender and transformative.
Anchored by a revelatory star turn from Franz Rogowski (Transit), Great Freedom weaves together moments across time to form a sensual yet arresting epic. In the process, this Oscar-shortlisted feature triumphs as a depiction of love in the face of injustice.
Learn more and get tickets at mubi.com/greatfreedom. A MUBI Release.
“The best gay film of the year… truly astounding” — EDGE Media
Your list of must-see, fun, insightful, and very Los Angeles art events this month, including Barbara Kruger, April Bey, and more.
Your list of must-see, fun, insightful, and very New York art events this month, including Kia LaBeija, Tenet, Hassan Sharif, and more.
Opening April 9, this exhibition features newly commissioned works by 12 acclaimed Black contemporary artists, including Carrie Mae Weems, Theaster Gates, and more.
While the 1965 Immigration Act opened the United States for expanded Latin American immigration, the decade that followed found migrant artists actively involved in political struggles for representation.
A new book on the artist features selections from Saint Phalle’s prints, doodles, letters, and diaries, arranged in roughly chronological order.
The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Book Prize is awarded annually to the best book on the decorative arts, design history, or material culture of the Americas.
Lisa Hurwitz’s documentary finds some impressive interviewees, including Mel Brooks and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, to remember the bygone vending machine restaurant chain Horn & Hardart.
Basildon’s new murals represent how artists are used in regeneration schemes the world over: socioeconomic cover-ups under the guise of opportunity.
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