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Desire Will Set You Free

DESIRE WILL YOU SET YOU FREE is a contemporary drift through the city’s queer, poly, and party scenes. Shot on location around Neukölln, Kreuzberg, and Friedrichshain, the film mixes narrative and documentary moments to deliver individual stories ...

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Ezra and Cathrine are two pleasure seekers who’ve moved to Berlin to experience the city's underground culture. They spend their days taking drugs, cruising, clubbing, and talking about the city’s edgy history. One night, Ezra picks up Sasha, a beautiful Russian hustler. The two men begin a relationship, but Sasha soon discovers a deeper inner desire.

DESIRE WILL YOU SET YOU FREE is a contemporary drift through the city’s queer, poly, and party scenes. Shot on location around Neukölln, Kreuzberg, and Friedrichshain, the film mixes narrative and documentary moments to deliver individual stories of transgression and transition. Along the way, there is plenty of idealized Berlin hedonism: a blow job against die Mauer, cupcake-tinted cunnilingus, and a glitter yoga acid orgy in Görlitzer Park.

Following the lead of post-punk movies like DOWNTOWN 81, the film also features several live club performances by Berlin musical legends like Peaches, Einstuerzende Neubauten, and Rummelsnuff. Look for Nina Hagen, perfectly cast as a Wagenplatz oracle, and Rosa von Praunheim as Ezra’s book agent. Other cameos include Blixa Bargeld, Blood Orange, Gloria Viagra, and enough recognizable extras to fill half of Berghain.

The film arrives at its most authentic moments during a “Trans Mitzva,” in which members of Berlin’s transgender community welcome one of their own. The shared personal stories deliver a rare moment of joy – a contrast to the jaded worldview of Cathrine. Ezra (writer-director Yony Leyser) also encounters the limits of his own creative, social, and sexual desires by movie’s end.

From Berlin’s famed grit to its lush greenery, beautiful cinematography heightens the sensual playground that Ezra, Cathrine, and Sasha inhabit. DESIRE WILL SET YOU FREE turns the latch and lets everything spill out, in all its messiness and bliss.

Dolissa Medina

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Deutschland 2015, 92 min
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Love Stories
Director: Yony Leyser
Author: Yony Leyser
DOP: Ali Olay Gözkaya
Montage: Rob Myers
Music: Peaches, Rummelsnuff, Blood Orange, Chinawoman
Distributor: missingFILMs
Cast: Amber Benson, Yony Leyser, Tim Fabian Hoffmann, Chloé Griffin, Anton Andreew
FSK: 16
Release: 05.05.2016

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  • OV Original version
  • OmU Original with German subtitles
  • OmeU Original with English subtitles
English/with English subtitles
All languages

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