Desire Will Set You Free

Synopsis

Soundtrack now available on ITUNES, AMAZON and Here: http://www.moniker-records.com/records.html

Based on a true story, Desire Will Set You Free is a feature-length narrative film that portrays artistic and marginalized life in contemporary Berlin.

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 be more 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.

Filmed entirely in Berlin, the film uses real locations where many Berlin based personali- ties give performances some playing themselves. These include ‘Godmother of Punk’ Nina Hagen as Oracle, cult musician and performance artist Peaches, along with Rosa Von Praunheim, Rummelsnuff, Blood Orange, and Einstuerzende Neubauten and Blixa Bargeld (formerly of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds).

 

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Screenings

Winner: Best Soundtrack at Chicago International Movie and Music Festival!

 

IN THEATERS IN GERMANY  MAY 2 2016. Find out where: Missing Films : Kinos in Deutschland

 

Upcoming Screening:

FUCHSBAU FESTIVAL Hannover, Germany August 12-14

Vino Kino Turku, Finland  26-30 August

My Sound of Musikfilm-Festival Salzburg, Austria  October 13 (Opening Night Film)

Cine México Alemania   San Luis Potosí, México.  1-4 September

Vino Kino   Helsinki Finland   16-20  November

 

Past Screenings:

Outfest (Los Angeles) July 9th

East End Film Festival (London) June 24

Sled Island Music & Arts Festival June 23 Calgary, Canada

TLV Film Festival  Tel-Aviv June 6

About://Blank Berlin Germany April 23

Gegen Kino Film Festival Leipzig Germany April 22

Achtung Berlin Film Festival April 19

Port Art Space New Orleans

Chicago International Movie and Music Festival  April 15-18

Cinedelphiafilmfestival Philadelphia, PA April 14 

Transgender Film Festival  Kiel, Germany  April 17

Queergestreift Filmfestival  Konstanz, Germany April 11

Münich LGBT Film Festival Germany April 10

Boston LGBT Film Festival (Wicked Queer) March 21- April 10

Puerto Vallarta as part of the FICG film festival  March 13-16

Guadalajara International Film Festival (Competition)  March 4-13th

Schwule-Filmtage Mannheim, Germany (Opening Night Film) February 25 – March 3 2016

!f Istanbul Independent Film Festival February 26, 2016

Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis January 2016 (Competition Wettbewerb) German Premiere

Florence Queer Festival Nov. 11 2015 (Opening Night film)

Montreal World Film Festival August 2015 (World Premiere)

 

Cast

  • Yony Leyser
  • Tim Fabian Hoffmann
  • Chloe Griffin
  • Amber Benson
  • Joe Grainger
  • Onur Akkilic
  • Sookee
  • Mika Risiko
  • Sarah Adorable
  • Nina Hagen
  • Max Appenroth
  • Labanna Babalon
  • Anton Andreew
  • Til Schindler
  • Devonte Heynes
  • Samantha Urbani
  • Peaches
  • Rummelsnuff
  • Miron Zownir
  • Sorm Jung
  • Nikolaj Lange
  • Randy Twigg
  • Roman Kanonik
  • Rosa von Praunheim
  • Avi Eichenbaum
  • Viola Shafik
  • Liad Hussein Kantorowicz
  • Christian Wagner
  • Stefan Fähler
  • Ursula von Staack
  • Lisa Kaercher
  • Jochen Arbeit
  • Sean Moxie
  • Alessa Llinares
  • Mai Harper
  • Stacey Robinson
  • Lydia Hamman
  • Daniela Kethura
  • Makode Linde
  • Stefan Jacobi
  • Äimi Weinhaus
  • A Babtiste de Lung
  • A Wutes Anja
  • Adam Harris
  • Aerea Negtrot
  • Al Burian
  • Alex Kassian
  • Alexander Turton
  • Alexis Glopaks
  • Alice Dean
  • Alice Huet
  • Alice Jones
  • Alice Özerin
  • Amir Naaman
  • Andre Bolouri
  • Andrea Belloren
  • Andrea Dell’Orco
  • Andrei Yallouvlev Mich
  • Andrew Yates
  • Anelor Robin
  • Anja Wutej
  • Anjan Kumar
  • Anna Malich
  • Annie Wolf
  • Antoinne Dyksmann
  • Antonella Azzapaeli
  • Antonio Zelada
  • Aoife Mc Keown
  • Arne van Terphoven
  • Ashiq Khonder
  • Audrey Ryback
  • Aurora Pietlanen
  • Ayshe Rustendvic
  • Bartholomew Sammut
  • Beatrice Sauerbrey
  • Benjamin Lützow
  • Benjamin Pokrandt
  • Bert Gilma
  • Boris Brouwer
  • Brian Van Muntfort
  • Bronko
  • Burkhard Könort
  • Camille Lacadee
  • Can Edremitogla
  • Canulo Vargat
  • Carlo Passamonti
  • Casio Ono
  • Cesar Trevino
  • Charlotte Haas
  • Charlotte Hannah Peters
  • Charlotte Stobrawe
  • Charly Wilder / Grinder Teeth
  • Chris Morrin
  • Chrisstsai Zarbock
  • Christa Hyon D’Angelo
  • Christin Grothe
  • Christophe le Fou
  • Chrstin Grohe aka Betty Bacery
  • Clara Schaaf
  • Clarissa Pilz
  • Claudia Kent
  • Colia Nijhoff
  • Corinna Schönherr
  • Dan Gutsink
  • Sven Hutjahr
  • Daniel Gironett
  • David Vallet
  • Davide Salvaneshi
  • Deliria Tremenz
  • Dennis Porst
  • Dick Orsvärn
  • Dieter Rita Scholl
  • Dima Palatnik
  • Dimitri Genco
  • Doris Langer
  • Döner Summer
  • Edgar Lehmann
  • Emiko Sugiyama
  • Emil Gabriela
  • Emily Easton
  • Emy Fem
  • Esteban Blanchart
  • Eva & Adele
  • Evilyn Frantic
  • Fanny Lüth
  • Filip Berg
  • Fixie Fate
  • Francesco Vellei
  • Fransiska Wolf
  • Franziska Kohse
  • Franziska Wolf
  • Freddy Schindler
  • Friedrich Boomgaarden
  • Gab Wemladen
  • Gaetano Coppola
  • Galyna Kim
  • Ganulis Vitalisa
  • Genco Dimitri
  • George Martin
  • Gerald Friedrich Spelsberg
  • Gerd Hettenhausen
  • Geron Pilz van der Grinten
  • Gianni v. Weiterhausen
  • Gloria Viagra
  • Goro Tronsmo
  • Greta Gehrbe
  • Guilame Gardenne
  • Gösta von Platen
  • Hadas Kinkis
  • Halea Isabelle Kala
  • Haley Jakobson
  • Halid Dalgas
  • Hannah Brandt
  • Harri Weller
  • Hauspet Gaak
  • Hedoluxe
  • Heidi van Bergen
  • Heinz Littler
  • Henna Rasanen
  • Hilbig Hanno
  • Indra Lindenroth
  • Ismael Ogaudo
  • Jack Pollux
  • Jakoba Suselbeck
  • Jana Osterloh
  • Jana Proschek
  • Jasmine trust.the.girl
  • Jasper Kamratovski
  • Jerome Rof
  • Jessica Comis
  • Jillian Mertz
  • Jiulia Thiemann
  • Jiwoon Ha
  • Joel Hyland
  • Joey Hansom
  • Johanna Artl
  • Johannes Brüssan
  • Johannes Jarurack (“Hungry”)
  • Jonathan Lyon
  • Joshe
  • Joshua Diedrichs
  • Kaela Shaw
  • Kai P. Rinha
  • Kaja Glinska
  • Karin Sander
  • Karsten Jegohkies
  • Kaspar Zauser
  • Kathrin Aarik
  • Kathrin Eckert
  • Kathrin Kaspereit
  • Kathryn Fischer
  • Katie Hoppe
  • Katy Hole
  • Kay Garnellen
  • Kay Glatki
  • Kayihan Hamza
  • Kayihan Humegra
  • Kayihan Ramis
  • Kinga Koziowska
  • Kirill Galetski
  • Kisalya Nunguja
  • Kurt von Bley
  • Lacade Camille
  • Lani Inga Rupp / Mende
  • Lara Sörensen Petersen
  • Laura Brinker
  • Laura Hamilton
  • Leo Daner
  • Leon Welters
  • Lewis Reed
  • Lidia Hamman
  • Linda Liljeqvist
  • Linos S Bittering
  • Linsdsey Cockwell
  • Lis Sebastian
  • Lisa Bätes
  • Lisette Reimer
  • Lola Promilla
  • Lothar Dietmar Kalmbacher
  • Louise Polt
  • Luisa Dahringer
  • Luz Diaz
  • Malou Coopman
  • Mama Ferelli
  • Marc Elsner
  • Marco Oliveira
  • Marco Sanchez
  • Marcus Momulel
  • Mareike Lütge
  • Marie Luise Ehrich
  • Marie Polo
  • Marina Bitch
  • Marina Lindemann
  • Martin Deckert
  • Masa Zia Lenardic
  • Mataina Vagina
  • Matthias Hofman
  • Maurizio Vitale
  • Max Appenroth
  • Maximilliane Verfürden
  • Maza Zia Lenardic
  • Melanie Jack Stevens
  • Melanie Sapina
  • Melissa Traner
  • Mercy Marquez
  • Michael Brown
  • Michael Majewski
  • Michelle Chan
  • Mignon Bear
  • Mustafa Yousseff
  • Myriam Hofmeister
  • Naere Nadja
  • Nancy Darnell
  • Nassim Motraed
  • Natalie Lola Akinola
  • Ngone Koite
  • Niki Tutulanu
  • Niklas Hofmann
  • Nikolay Nedev
  • Nina Hartweck
  • Nina Wagner
  • Niusha Ramzani
  • Noueski Dragan
  • Oksana Cugaja
  • Olga Montseny
  • Olgu Caglar
  • Oliver Sechting
  • Orlando Wiesengrand
  • Paola Abis
  • Patrick Egly
  • Patrick Riesinges
  • Patty Preece
  • Peter Georgiev
  • Phil Bush
  • Pola
  • Punky Longstocking
  • Quincy Junior
  • Rahel Strahli Thiele
  • Rainer Nowotny
  • Rand ‘Strahli’ Thiele
  • Raquel Ana Meca Garrido
  • Rea Novocovic
  • Rebecca Pedinoff
  • Robert Wimpory
  • Robin Alvar
  • Rocio German
  • Rodrik Miller
  • Roland Gawlitta
  • Romina Koers
  • Roob Sobo
  • Rosetta Stoned
  • Sabrina Hill
  • Sahim Hasi
  • Salome Lubczanshi
  • Sam Wilder
  • Sandu Daniel Vasile
  • Sara Sima
  • Sasha Shade
  • Sheila Terra Szillaggi
  • Si Paul
  • Silvana Dressler
  • Simo Makela
  • Simon Grunert
  • Sina Godard
  • Sofie Engström von Alten
  • Sophia Hembeck
  • Sophie Boysen
  • Srujith Kumar Bander
  • Steff Urgast
  • Steffan Wachsmuth
  • Steffen Krueger
  • Stephanej Brandt
  • Steve Morell
  • Steven Webb
  • Streykatt aka Bobby Collins
  • Sumit Kumar
  • Taneshia Abt
  • Texas Terri
  • Tim Fischer
  • Toby Wolfe
  • Tom Welters
  • Toni Florido Acosta
  • Uday Singh
  • Umberto Baccollo
  • Vanessa Danish
  • Veslemoy Rustad Holsteter
  • Victor Trofimov
  • Victoria Macdonnel
  • Viola
  • Vivienne van den Assem
  • Wale Neden
  • Walter Crasshole
  • Wolfgang Müller

Crew

Director

Yony Leyser

Writer

Yony Leyser & Paula Alamillo

Producer

Paula Alamillo & Sonja Klümper

Director Assistant / Mise en scene

Arto Sebastian Buhmann

Script / Continuity

Carla Engler

Set Manager

Sonja Klümper

Set Manager 2

Marina Izquierdo Bueno

Producer Assistant

Luisa Dahringer

Set Manager Assistant

Marta Ordeig & Halea Isabelle Kala

Set Runner

Jillian Mertz, Alicja Hoppel, Niusha Ramzani

DoP

Ali Gözkaya

Steadycam Operator

Yoshua Berkowitz

1. Assistant Camera

Tim Adam

2. Assistant Camera

Eva Gehnke

3. Assistant Camera

Malu Maria Eilbracht

1. Assistant Camera (5 DT)

Nelson Smith

1. Assistant 2. Camera

Tom Zylla

Sound

Achim Burkart

Sound Assistant

Joey Steffens, Vincent Zegveld

Sound Assistant 2. Camera

Nadja Krüger

Personal Organisation Light Department

Benjamin Erdenberger

Technical Coordination Light Department

Christian Mansmann

Gaffer

Toni Schultz

Light

Sarah Gfrörer, Paul Korn, Maik Uhlig, Florian Heinrich, Jonathan Beneteau, Kornelia Kugler, Imogen Heath, Corinna Schönherr

Art Director

Makode Linde, Iulia Mitzner

Art Dep Assistant

Helena S. Ribas, Felicia Bergström, Romina Körs

Head of Costume Design

Ramona Petersen

Set Costumer

Anne Fiedler, Sara Simmer, Melanie Gallo, Dance Club Extras designed by Tatachristiane, Houseparty Extras designed by Anto Christ

Make Up Artist

Elisa Wimmer

Make Up Assistant

Rosa Derenz, Toni Florido-Acosta, Sonia Balado, Chiara Vogt

Set Stills

Alexa Vachon

Assitant Set Stills

Melanie Sapina

Catering

Andi Hellblau, Florian Kaufhold

Behind the scenes

Robin Thomson

Music Supervisor

Steve Morell, Joey Hansom

Cutter

Rob Myers

Driver

Kanchi Wichmann, Bronco, Boris Breuwer

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DESIRE WILL SET YOU FREE

A film by Yony Leyser / Amard Bird Films

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