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Free Will, The (freie Wille, Der)

Free Will, The
Juergen Vogel in "The Free Will" (photo © Anne-Kathrin Golinsky)

Theo, a rapist, has just been released from psychiatric detention. His fear of women and the profound, unfulfilled longing that goes with it turn his life within "normal" society into a nearly unbearable ordeal. Nettie, meanwhile, at the age of 27 finally succeeds in breaking away from her father, who psychologically abused her for as long as she can remember. Theo and Nettie meet and begin to fall in love. Together, they embark on a journey to the limits of free will.

“The film concerns topics one might consider as monstrous or abnormal. We shot chronologically, and when I looked through the camera and saw what Theo was doing to the woman in the opening sequence, I had serious doubts as to whether I would be able to handle this all the way to the end. But since I wanted to make a tender film about the terror of loneliness, I showed everything that my camera recorded with the same empathy – no matter what it was, whether brutal or hesitantly hopeful.

The Free Will is not a film about a specific theme, which, in this case, could be rape, both physical and psychological. It is not a "problem" film, but a kind of journey on which we accompany two people all the way to the inexorable end, whether good or bad.“ (Matthias Glasner)
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2005
Director Matthias Glasner
Screenplay Judith Angerbauer, Jürgen Vogel, Matthias Glasner
Cinematography Ingo Scheel, Matthias Glasner
Mona Bräuer, Julia Wiedwald
Conni Kotte, Tom Hornig
Cast André M. Hennicke, Manfred Zapatka, Sabine Timoteo, Jürgen Vogel
Producers Christian Granderath, Jürgen Vogel, Matthias Glasner, Frank Döhmann
Production Companies Colonia Media Filmproduktion/Cologne, Schwarzweiss Filmproduktion/Berlin, WDR, ARTE
Runtime 163 min
Format 35 mm, color
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SRD
Festivals Berlin 2006 (In Competition), Tribeca 2006, Karlovy Vary 2006, Moscow 2006, Warsaw 2006, Ghent 2006, Molodist Kiev 2006, Stockholm 2006, Athens 2006, Chicago 2006, Haifa 2006, Sao Paulo 2006, Tallinn Black Nights 2006, Palm Springs 2007, Trieste 2007, Sofia 2007
Awards Silver Bear (Overall Artistic Achievement: Juergen Vogel), German Film Theater Guild Award Berlin 2006, Best Actor (Juergen Vogel) Tribeca 2006, Best Actor (Juergen Vogel) Chicago 2006, Main Prize Trieste 2007
With backing from Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW

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