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Desire Will Set You Free

Desire Will Set You Free

18+ Restricted New Exclusive
1h32m Germany 2015

Synopsis

Ezra, an American writer of Palestinian and Israeli parentage living in Berlin, spends his days clubbing, taking drugs, having pseudo-philosophical conversations and wanting to bemore punk, whilst wishing he wrote more. Most of his time is spent with his privileged dark, but witty friend Catharine, who has an unsettling fetish for Nazi paraphernalia. As the two of them look for their next excitement fix, they end up in one of Berlin's famous gay hustler bars.

Almost on a dare Ezra meets Sasha, a Russian immigrant working as an escort. Ezra pulls Sasha on a journey through Berlin's underground and queer scenes. He discovers the stomping ground for hedonism and exploration. He discovers remnants of WWII, The Weimar Republic, Bowie and the present day party kids. Much like taking a drug itself, the line between reality and desire is blurred in the land of excess. What starts out as a seemingly conventional gay relationship reveals itself as more complex and dynamic as their true inner desires are revealed.

"It’s loving exploration of an often overlooked subject matter is a needed contribution to cinema."-Jennifer Drewett, Movies on Weekends

Info

Country: Germany
Director: Yony Leyser
Awards: Taiwan International Queer Film Festival 2018, Montréal World Film Festival 2015, Guadalajara International Film Festival 2016

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