Nora walks out on her husband Philip and their two children without a word of explanation. She’s driven by an irresistible force. She wants to be free.


Nora roams through a museum in Vienna, has sex with a young man and hitchhikes randomly on to Bratislava, concealing her identity by telling little lies. She changes her look, finds work as a chambermaid and makes friends with a young Slovakian stripper, Etela, and her husband Tamás, a cook.

Meanwhile, in Berlin, Philip is trying to manage his family, his job and his affair with Monika. Against his own convictions he is forced to defend in court a racist teenager guilty of beating an African man into a coma. He struggles with his role as a single parent and cannot properly commit to Monika as his everyday life has lost meaning since Nora disappeared. The only person Philip really opens up to is the unconscious coma patient. Nora’s desire for freedom is Philip’s chain.

"Wokalek's convincing natural performance steals the show."

"Pushing back the bounds of storytelling."


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Director: Jan Speckenbach
Genre: Drama
Original title: Freiheit
English title: Freedom
Country of production: Germany, Slovakia
Year of production: 2017
Length: 102 min
Color: colour
Shooting format: 2K
Screening format: DCP
Original language: German, Slovak, English

Subtitles: English
Cast: Johanna Wokalek, Hans-Jochen Wagner, Inga Birkenfeld, Andrea Szabová, Ondrej Koval’
Scriptwriter: Jan Speckenbach, Andreas Deinert
Director of photography: Tilo Hauke
Editor: Jan Speckenbach
Sound design: Marian Mentrup
Producers: Sol Bondy, Jamila Wenske
Co-producers: Peter Badač, Jelena Goldbach
Production company: ONE TWO FILMS
Co-production company: BFILM, ZAK Film Productions

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Festivals / Awards

Locarno IFF, Switzerland – Concorso Internazionale
CPH PIX, Denmark
Warsaw Film Festival, Poland
Valladolid International Film Festival, Spain – Sección Oficial Competition
51st Hof International Film Festival, Germany
41st São Paulo International Film Festival, Brazil – New Directors Competition
Internationales Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg, Germany
Noordelijk Film Festival, The Netherlands
Goa International Film Festival, India – International Competition
Around The World In 14 Films, Germany
International Film Festival of Kerala, India
Les Arcs European Film Festival, France
Filmfestival Max-Ophüls-Preis, Germany
Czech-Slovak Film Festival, Australia


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