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Sanctuary

Original title: Freistatt
German title: Freistatt
Germany, 2015

Director: Brummund, Marc
Production company: Zum Goldenen Lamm
Co-producers: SWR, ARTE, WDR, SR, NDR
Age recommendation: 13 years and up
Length: 104 min.
Film genre: Feature film

Synopsis:
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.

Festivals:
German Screenplay Award 2013, Bavarian Film Award 2014, Max Ophüls Prize Saarbrücken 2015 (awarded), Shanghai 2015, Yerevan 2015 (awarded), Giffoni 2015 (awarded), Schlingel Chemnitz 2015 (awarded), Giffoni Macedonia 2015 (awarded), Juniorfest Pilsen 2015, Stockholm Junior 2016, Cinemagic Belfast 2016, Europees Jeugdfilmfestival Vlaanderen Antwerp and Brugge 2017

World sales address/es:
Pluto (DE)