About the film

fiction film, DE/SK, 2017, 106 min.

She left Berlin to start a new life in Bratislava.

Nora roams through a museum in Vienna, has sex with a young man and hitchhikes randomly on to Bratislava. She hides 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 has to defend a racist teenager in court, who has beaten an African man into a coma. He struggles with his role as a single parent and cannot really commit himself 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.

This is the second movie of the director Jan Speckenbach whose previous feature Reported Missing premiered at the Berlinale 2012 and was nominated for the European Film Awards 2012 as European Discovery.

The project is the coproduction of OneTwo Films (DE), ZAK Film Productions (DE) and ZDF (DE). The realization  was supported by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, FFA, Kuratorium junger deutscher Film and Slovak Audiovisual Fund. The international sales agent of this film is Pluto Film.


The world premiere of this film was held in August 2017 at 70th International Film Festival Locarno, Switzerland.

Since then you could have seen Freedom at these festivals:

CPH PIX 2017, Copenhagen, Denmark
33rd Haifa International Film Festival 2017, Haifa, Israel
32nd Warsaw International Film Festival 2017, Warsaw, Poland
62nd Semana International de Cine - Valladolid International Film Festival, Valladolid, Spain
51st Hof International Film Festival, Hof, Germany
41st São Paolo International Film Festival, São Paolo, Brazil
67th International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg 2017, Mannheim, Germany
Noordelijk Film Festival 2017, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
Goa International Film Festival of India 2017, Panjim, India
Around The World In 14 Films, Berlin, Germany
23rd International Film Festival of Kerala 2017, Trivandrum, India
Les Arcs European Film Festival 2017, Les Arcs, France
Filmfestival Max-Ophüls-Preis, Germany


Director: Jan Speckenbach
Script: Jan Speckenbach
Producers: One Two Films (DE) - Sol Bondy, Jamila Wenske
Co-producers: BFILM (SK) - Peter Badač, ZAK Film Productions (DE) - Jelena Goldbach, ZDF (DE)
Executive Producer: Milena Klemke
D.O.P.: Tilo Hauke
Production Designer: Juliane Friedrich
Costume Designer: Stephanie Riess, Zuzana Hudáková, Anna Wuebber
Editor: Jan Speckenbach
Sound Design: Marian Mentrup

Cast: Johanna Wokalek, Hans-Jochen Wagner, Inga Birkenfeld, Andrea Sabová, Ondrej Kovaľ, Rubina Labusch, Georg Arms


Jan Speckenbach

Jan (1970) studied history of art, philosophy and art of media in Munich, Karlsruhe and Paris. Since 1999 he has been working as an independent video artist, particularly in theatre productions. In 2005 he started post-graduate studies for film directing at the German Film and Television Academy (dffb) Berlin. His first short The Other Day in Eden was invited to the Cinéfondation at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. His second short Sparrows was short-listed for the OSCARS as Best Live Action Short in 2010. In 2011 he graduated from the dffb with Reported Missing, a full-length feature film, which premiered at the Berlinale, was shortlisted for the German Film Awards and nominated for the European Film Awards 2012 as European Discovery. His second feature Freedom premiered at the 70th Locarno Festival in competition.


Freedom (feature fiction, 2017)
Reported Missing (feature fiction, 2012)
~ German Film Awards Shortlist
~ European Film Award Nominee - European Discovery

Sparrows (short film, 2009)
~ Premio Danzante for Best Short Film at Huesca Film Festival 2010
~ OSCAR Shortlist 2010 Best Live Action

The Other Day in Eden (short film, 2008)
~ Selection Officielle – Cinéfondation, Cannes 2008


Producer OneTwo Films: Sol Bondy - sb(at)onetwofilms.com
Co-producer BFILM: Peter Badač – peter(at)bfilm.sk
Festivals and sales Pluto Film: Daniela Chlapíková - daniela(at)plutofilm.de