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by Marc Brummund


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 fourteen-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 brutalising himself?

international title: Sanctuary
original title: Freistatt
country: Germany
sales agent: Pluto Film
year: 2015
genre: fiction
directed by: Marc Brummund
film run: 104'
release date: DE 25/06/2015
screenplay: Nicole Armbruster, Marc Brummund
cast: Louis Hofmann, Gerald Alexander Held, Stephan Grossmann, Katharina Lorenz, Max Riemelt
cinematography by: Judith Kaufmann
film editing: Hans Funck
producer: Rüdiger Heinze, Stefan Sporbert
production: Zum Goldenen Lamm Filmproduktion, SWR – Südwestrundfunk, WDR Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Saarländischer Rundfunk (SR), NDR - Norddeutscher Rundfunk, ARTE Deutschland
backing: MFG, DFFF, BKM, FFHSH, FFA, Nordmedia
distributor: Salzgeber & Co. Medien
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