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A Hidden Life

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Described by critics as a return to the narratively driven style of cinematic milestones like The Thin Red Line and Days of Heaven, the new masterpiece by visionary filmmaker Terrence Malick tells the powerful and transcendent true story of Franz Jägerstätter (August Diehl), an Austrian farmer, devout Catholic, and conscripted soldier who, famously, refused to fight for the Nazis during WWII and bore the terrifying consequences of this moral fortitude. It is his unwavering faith and his love for his wife Fani (Valerie Pachner) and children that keep his spiritual beliefs intact.

In the remote village of Radegund, Franz leads an Edenic existence with Fani and their three children, seemingly unaware of the fact that the Nazis are on the rise. When Franz refuses to fight for the Third Reich, his tight-knit community turns against him and his family. But he remains resolute in his convictions: he will not fight, and will certainly not pledge allegiance to Hitler. Hailed as Malick’s best film since 2011’s The Tree of Life, this will not only rank among the director’s most poetic works but also, perhaps unsurprisingly, be considered one of his most politically prescient as well.

"The Tree of Life spanned eons to capture the entirety of existence, and while the filmmaker works on a tighter four-year canvas this time around, the feeling that the stakes are nothing less than the soul of all humanity has persisted. This is art of salvation." - Charles Bramesco, The Playlist

Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, Cannes 19

Director Terrence Malick
Country of Origin: USA/Germany
Year: 2019
Running Time: 173 mins
Format: DCP
Language:In English, German
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Cast: August Diehl, Valerie Pachner, Maria Simon, Tobias Moretti, Bruno Ganz, Matthias Schoenaerts, Karin Neuhäuser, Ulrich Matthes
Executive Producer: Adam Morgan, Bill Pohlad, Yi Wei, Christoph Fisser, Henning Molfenter, Charlie Woebcken
Producer: Grant Hill, Dario Bergesio, Josh Jeter, Elisabeth Bentley
Screenwriter: Terrence Malick
Cinematographer: Jörg Widmer
Editor: Rehman Nizar Ali, Joe Gleason, Sebastian Jones
Production Design: Sebastian T. Krawinkel
Music: James Newton Howard
Production Company: Elizabeth Bay Productions, Aceway, Mister Smith, Studio Babelsberg
Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures


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