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Desire Will Set You Free (2015)

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92 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Desire Will Set You Free is a feature film that explores life in contemporary Berlin with an often critical and sometimes humorous eye. Based on a true story, the plot follows the relationship of an American writer of Israeli/Palestinian ...See moreDesire Will Set You Free is a feature film that explores life in contemporary Berlin with an often critical and sometimes humorous eye. Based on a true story, the plot follows the relationship of an American writer of Israeli/Palestinian descent and a Russian aspiring artist working as a hustler, offering access to the city's vibrant queer and underground scenes while examining the differences between expatriate and refugee life. Our characters travel through Berlin's layered history and unique subcultural landscape; on their adventures they discover influences and remnants of the Weimar Republic, WWII, the Bowie years, and punk. Many original Berlin personalities play themselves and the locations are all real Berlin locations. The film features performances by the queen of punk Nina Hagen, electro star Peaches, Brooklyn's Blood Orange, German sensation Rummelsnuff, rapper Sookee, Einstürzende Neubauten's Blixa Bargeld;  and Wolfgang Müller, plus cast members Amber Benson (of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fame), German film legend Rosa Von Praunheim, artists Eva & Adele, photographer Miron Zownir, internet sensation Labanna Babalon as well as leading roles Tim-Fabian Hoffman (Sasha), Chloé Griffin (Cathrine) and the director himself, Yony Leyser (Ezra). See less
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Paula Alamillo (as Paula Alamillo Rodriguez) | Sonja Klümper
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Updated Sep 10, 2015

Release date
Feb 21, 2017 (United States)

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Chloe Griffin
Cathrine (as Chloé Griffin) Cathrine (as Chloé Griffin)   See fewer
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Alexandru Alexandru   See fewer
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Joe Grainger
Connor Connor   See fewer
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Max Appenroth
Otto / Dream Garden Queer / LSD Park Otto / Dream Garden Queer / LSD Park   See fewer
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Bastian Bastian   See fewer
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Olgu Caglar
Hustler One Hustler One   See fewer
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Peter Georgiev
Hustler Two Hustler Two   See fewer
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Oracle Oracle   See fewer
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Peaches
Herself Herself   See fewer
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Rummelsnuff Rummelsnuff   See fewer
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Rummelsnuff Rummelsnuff   See fewer
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Himself (as Devonté Hynes) Himself (as Devonté Hynes)   See fewer
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Herself Herself   See fewer
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Stefan / House Party Stefan / House Party   See fewer
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Ezra's Agent Ezra's Agent   See fewer
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Herself / House Party Herself / House Party   See fewer
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Ezra's Father Ezra's Father   See fewer
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Ezra's Mother Ezra's Mother   See fewer
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Sean Moxie
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German Teacher German Teacher   See fewer
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Himself Himself   See fewer
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4.5 / 10 | 190 votes