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The Circle

SYNOPSIS

Zürich in the mid 50‘s: The young shy teacher Ernst Ostertag becomes a member of the gay organisation THE CIRCLE. There he gets to know the transvestite star Röbi Rapp – and immediately falls head over heels in love with him. Röbi and Ernst live through the decline of the organisation, which in the whole of Europe is seen as the pioneer of gay emancipation.

The film looks back from the present to the time when the „Mother“ of all European homosexual organisations had its high point to the time it slowly fell apart. While the repression against homosexuals became increasingly more intense in Zurich, two young and very different men fight for their love and – together with their friends – for the rights of gays.

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TEAM

– Director: Stefan Haupt
– Cast: Marianne Sägebrecht, Anatole Taubman, Matthias Hungerbühler, Sven Schelker, Peter Jecklin, Antoine Monot, Marie Leuenberger, Stephan Witschi
– Producers: Ivan Madeo, Urs Frey
– Coproduction: Swiss Television SRF / SRG SSR
– Swiss Distribution: Ascot-Elite Entertainment Group
– Worldsales: WIDE HOUSE, Paris

SUPPORTED BY

– Zurich Film Funds
– Swiss Federal Office of Culture (Script)
– Canton of Thurgau
– Société Suisse des Auteurs SSA
– Suissimage
– Corymbo Foundation
– Ernst Göhner Foundation
– George Foundation
– Heinrich Hössli Foundation

AWARDS

SWITZERLAND’S OFFICIAL OSCAR ENTRY 2015
QUALIFIED FOR GOLDEN GLOBES 2015
– Panorama Audience Award, Berlinale 2014
– Teddy Award, Berlinale 2014
– Swiss Film Awards: 4 Awards, i.a. Best Film
– Audience Award, Boston LGBT Film Festival
– Best Feature Film, Torino Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
– Costa Azul Award, Festroia Film Festival Setúbal
– Grand Jury Award, Outfest Los Angeles
– Best Documentary, Outflix Film Festival Memphis
– sold to 18 countries on 4 continents
– theatrical release in 9 countries on 3 continents

 

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Contact Zurich

CONTRAST FILM Zürich
Schöneggplatz 10
CH-8004 Zürich
+41 (0)76 316 76 76
+41 (0)43 535 79 25
info@contrastfilm.ch

Contact Bern

CONTRAST FILM Bern
Sandrainstrasse 3
CH-3007 Bern
+41 (0)78 654 30 38
+41 (0)76 316 76 76
info@contrastfilm.ch

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