The late-sixties in Germany represent a new era of freedom and revolutions of sex, music and culture. Yet following a confrontation with his step-father, the rebellious fourteen-year-old Wolfgang is sent to Freistatt, a foster home for difficult children. Once there, Wolfgang resists the brutal working conditions and education methods of the wardens. But for how long can he manage to withstand a system of violence and oppression that seems so at odds with the rest of society?
Marc Brummund's feature film debut holds a lens to the stark realities of the foster system, and its effect on the nascent adulthood of Germany's forgotten boys. Sanctuary premiered at Baden-Baden, Beijing and Göteborg, and won the Golden Lola, Germany's equivalent of the Oscar, for Best Screenplay.