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The Circle (2014)

Der Kreis (original title)
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Zurich, 1956. The young teacher Ernst Ostertag falls head over heels in love with the transvestite star Robi Rapp and finds himself torn between his bourgeois existence and his commitment ... See full summary »

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Stefan Haupt

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Stefan Haupt (screenplay), Christian Felix (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
11 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthias Hungerbühler Matthias Hungerbühler ... Ernst Ostertag
Peter Jecklin Peter Jecklin ... Principal Dr. Max Sieber
Marie Leuenberger ... Fräulein Gabi Gerster
Stefan Witschi Stefan Witschi ... Rolf
Claudio Schenardi Claudio Schenardi ... Fredi
Anatole Taubman ... Felix Schupp
Sven Schelker ... Röbi Rapp
Ingo Ospelt ... Emil Lutz
Antoine Monot Jr. ... Gian
Matthias Meier Matthias Meier ... Jean-Martin
Harriet Hasse Harriet Hasse ... Frau Tobler
Kenneth Huber Kenneth Huber ... Waitress
Christoph Keller Christoph Keller ... Rent Boy
Stefano Wenk Stefano Wenk ... Barber Andre
Maja Stolle ... Sue the Barmaid
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Zurich, 1956. The young teacher Ernst Ostertag falls head over heels in love with the transvestite star Robi Rapp and finds himself torn between his bourgeois existence and his commitment to homosexuality. Ernst becomes a member of the gay organization DER KREIS and lives through the high point and the eventual decline of the organization, which in the whole of Europe is seen as the pioneer of gay emancipation. Written by Anonymous

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Love ain't a crime.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

Switzerland

Language:

Swiss German | German | French

Release Date:

23 October 2014 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Zurich, Switzerland See more »

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Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Official submission of Switzerland to the best foreign language film category of the 87th Academy Awards 2015. See more »

Connections

References Das Menschlein Matthias (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Die Seltsame
(uncredited) (reprise)
Music by Robby Frey
Lyrics by Peter Munk
Performed by Sven Schelker
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3 August 2014 | by kosmaspSee all my reviews

While there is still a lot of homophobia and a lot of discrimination against gay people in general, this documentary does focus on a magazine that was developed and delivered so that people would not have to expose themselves. Nowadays with Internet and whatnot, it is obviously a lot easier to do that, but it is a true testament to time and will, to see what some people had to go through to reach a certain kind of freedom to express themselves.

I hadn't heard of that particular magazine and had no clue what the movie was about, when I watched it at the Festival in Berlin. So while I was surprised by the topic itself, I have to admit, the movie itself is very well done. Nicely shot and edited, with lots of Interviews and people remembering what it was like, it does get you into that mindset ... Watch if you're not "afraid"


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