Bavaria Film International (BFI) has picked up Austrian director Peter Payer's fourth feature Free To Leave (Freigesprochen) ahead of its world premiere in official competition at next month's Locarno International Film Festival.

A co-production between Austria's Lotus-Film and Luxembourg's Iris Productions, Payer's universal tale of guilt, lies and obsession was inspired by Odon von Horvath's play Judgment Day and stars Frank Giering, Lavinia Wilson, Corinna Harfouch, Alfred Dorfer, Robert Stadlober, and Thierry van Werveke.

Commenting on BFI's decision to take on Free To Leave, co-managing director Thorsten Ritter described the film as 'intellectual and emotional cinema. It deals with archaic values, the question of guilt and how to come to terms with it. Peter Payer has made a modern film about this subject matter, a film that takes you along, that reverberates in your mind, and possibly even changes you and your view. Free To Leave is a film for people who still want to be deeply affected.'.

Free To Leave will be released theatrically in Austria this autumn by Poool Filmverleih