Der freie Wille

Der freie Wille

Deutschland 2004-2006, Spielfilm

Inhalt

The Free Will

Theo, a rapist, is released after nine years in a psychiatric hospital’s prison ward. His fear of women and the unfulfilled desire this generates turns normal life into a kind of martyrdom. At the age of 27, Nettie finally manages to cut herself free from her father and a lifetime of mental abuse at his hands. Theo and Nettie meet. The moment they start loving each other marks the beginning of their journey to the limits of free will.

Matthias Glasner: "This film is about things we think of as monstrous or abnormal. We shot it in chronological order and, when I looked through the camera and saw what Theo does to this woman in the opening sequence, I had my doubts as to whether I would stay the course. But I wanted to make a tender film about the terror of loneliness. And so I filmed everything with the same amount of interest – regardless of what happened, and no matter if events were brutal or guardedly hopeful. 'Der freie Wille' is not a film about an issue such as, in this case, say, physical and mental violation. It's not a film that grapples with a difficult topic but rather a kind of 'trip', during which we accompany two people resolutely to the end. For better or for worse."

Source: 56. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (catalogue)

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Credits

All Credits

Director:Matthias Glasner
Assistant director:Sarah Altmann
Screenplay:Matthias Glasner, Judith Angerbauer, Jürgen Vogel
Director of photography:Matthias Glasner
Assistant camera:Kai Stichel
Lighting design:Ingo Scheel
Production design:Tom Hornig, Conny Kotte
Costume design:Sabine Keller
Editing:Mona Bräuer, Julia Wiedwald
Assistant editor:Adi Wolotzky, Silke Zirnité
Sound design:Björn Wiese
Sound:Stefan Soltau, Hubert Bartholomae
Sound assistant:Tini Tüllmann, Claudia Schumacher
Casting:Simone Bär
  
Cast: 
Jürgen VogelTheo
Sabine TimoteoNettie
André M. HennickeSascha
Manfred ZapatkaClaus Engelbrecht
Judith EngelAnja Schattschneider
Anna BrassFrau in den Dünen
Anne-Kathrin GolinskyKaufhausverkäuferin
Maya BotheFrau im Hinterhof
Frank WickermannMichael
Anna de CarloKellnerin
Bernadette BüllmannSängerin "Ave Maria"
Andreas L. MaierMarius
Franziska Jünger
  
Production company:Colonia Media Filmproduktions GmbH (Köln), Schwarzweiss Filmproduktion (Berlin)
in co-production with:Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR)/Arte (Köln)
Producer:Frank Döhmann, Matthias Glasner, Christian Granderath, Jürgen Vogel
Producer (TV):Andreas Schreitmüller, Andrea Hanke
Line producer:Pit Krause
Unit production manager:Martin Kopischke
Location manager:Thomas Kürsten, Kathrin Laugalies
Shoot:12.09.2004-31.01.2005: Berlin, Mülheim, Ostsee, Belgien
Original distributor:Kinowelt Filmverleih GmbH (Leipzig)
Funding:Film- und Medien Stiftung NRW (Düsseldorf), Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH (MBB) (Potsdam)
Length:4682 m, 171 min
Format:DV - überspielt auf 35mm, 1:1,66
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby SRD
Rating:FSK-Prüfung: 27.07.2006, 106925, ab 16 Jahre, feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung: 13.02.2006, Berlin, IFF - Wettbewerb;
Kinostart (DE): 24.08.2006;
TV-Erstsendung (DE FR): 22.04.2009, Arte

Titles

Originaltitel (DE) Der freie Wille

Versions

Original

Length:4682 m, 171 min
Format:DV - überspielt auf 35mm, 1:1,66
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby SRD
Rating:FSK-Prüfung: 27.07.2006, 106925, ab 16 Jahre, feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung: 13.02.2006, Berlin, IFF - Wettbewerb;
Kinostart (DE): 24.08.2006;
TV-Erstsendung (DE FR): 22.04.2009, Arte
 

Awards

, Bester Darsteller
FBW 2006
Prädikat: besonders wertvoll
 
Tribeca Film Festival New York 2006
 
IFF Berlin 2006
Preis der Gilde deutscher Filmkunsttheater
Silberner Bär, Gesamtleistung als Darsteller, Co-Autor und Produzent