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SANCTUARY (FREISTATT)

May 1968: Rolling Stones, bell-bottoms, mini-skirts, sexual revolution, protests against the Vietnam War… While Germany sets off for a new era of freedom, rebellious 14-year-old Wolfgang gets sent to Freistatt, a foster home for difficult children. There he shall be “educated” to become a decent boy. Wolfgang puts up a determined resistance against the brutal working conditions and the perfidious education methods of the wardens; he doesn’t allow them to get him down. But for how long can he manage to resist the system of violence and oppression without brutalizing himself? A movie based on true stories, about the merciless fight of a boy to save the last bit of humanity and dignity in an oppressive system of society.


Marc Brummund studied Psychology and Journalism in Hamburg from 1991-1996 and Documentary Filmmaking in Bolzano from 1996-1999 and has directed numerous award-winning commercials. From 2004-2006, he studied Directing at the Hamburg Media School. His films have won over 50 international awards and include: the shorts HOME (HEIM, 2005), OUTSIDE (DRAUSSEN, 2005), COW TIPPING (KÜHE SCHUBSEN, 2005), GAINING GROUND (LAND GEWINNEN, 2007), FISH & ONIONS (FISCH & ZWIEBELN, doc, 2011), episodes of the German television series THE 25TH HOUR and DER DICKE, and SANCTUARY (FREISTATT, 2015).
Genre Coming-of-Age Story, Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2015
Director Marc Brummund
Screenplay Marc Brummund
Cinematography Judith Kaufmann
Cast Louis Hofmann, Alexander Held, Stephan Grossmann, Max Riemelt
Producers Stefan Sporbert, Rüdiger Heinze
Production Company Zum Goldenen Lamm Filmproduktion/Ludwigsburg, in co-production with SWR/Stuttgart, ARTE, WDR, SR/Saarbrücken, NDR/Hamburg
Length 104 min
Format DCP, color, cs
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Max Ophüls Prize Festival Saarbrücken 2015, Shanghai 2015, Golden Apricot Yerevan 2015, Giffoni 2015, Festival International du Film Historique de Waterloo 2015, Prix Genève Europe 2015, Göteborg 2016, Beijing 2016, Zlin 2016, SANFIC 2016, Cork 2016, Havana 2016, Bengaluru 2017
Awards Screenplay Award Emden 2013, German Screenplay Award 2013, Bavarian Film Prize 2014 (Best Upcoming Actor: Louis Hofmann), Audience Award & Youth Jury Award Saarbrücken 2015, Audience Award Yerevan 2015, Best Film (Generator +13) Giffoni 2015, Best Film – Critics' Award/Best Actor: Louis Hofmann/Youth Jury Award & Youth Jury Europe Walloon Brabant Award Waterloo 2015

With backing from MFG Baden-Württemberg, German Federal Film Board, Nordmedia, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, German Federal Film Fund

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