Franz Rogowski

There are few actors working in Europe that have quite the same presence as German star Franz Rogowski, and there’s an argument to be had that his latest performance, in the moving historical drama Great Freedom, is his very best to date. To mark the film’s theatrical release we had the pleasure of catching up with the actor (who we first met at the Berlinale when he was awarded the European Shooting Star).

We discuss the challenges the film posed, both emotionally and physically, and he delves deep into his craft and his approach to acting and storytelling, and representing a community. We also talk about his ambitions and where he sees himself going next. Be sure to watch the full interview with Rogowski in the video below.


In post-war Germany, liberation by the Allies does not mean freedom for all. Hans experiences repeated imprisonment under paragraph 175 of the penal code, which criminalises homosexuality and systematically destroys his desire for freedom. Over the decades, he develops an unlikely bond with his cellmate Viktor, a convicted murderer. What starts as revulsion grows into affection.

Great Freedom is in cinemas from 11th March