Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Free Country
(Freies Land)

Year: 2019
Country: GERMANY
Language: German
Run Time: 127 minutes

Free Country
Free Country
Free Country

In East Germany 1992, after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the residual effects of the old regime are still reverberating loudly. In the piercing FREE COUNTRY, police investigators, Markus and Patrick, are assigned to a rural locale to look into a mysterious case involving the disappearance of two teenage sisters, who are just 15 and 16 years old. Some locals assert they simply ran away, fleeing their small town for more in life, while others believe something darker has occurred—but what? As the police team probes deeper into this beguiling case, they’re met with a taciturn community often unwilling to say much of anything at all. With pointedly different approaches to their work, and coming from opposite sides of the newly unified nation, the antagonistic investigators struggle to make sense of this elusive and terrifying case. Immaculately photographed and carefully directed, this pot boiler of a police procedural keeps one guessing until the very end. (In German with subtitles) — R.J.T.

CIFF44 Screenings

Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 4:00 PM

Friday, March 27, 2020 at 9:10 PM

Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 4:40 PM

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 11:00 AM -
Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 10:00 PM

Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: No

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