Der Kreis (The Circle)

Feature Film Switzerland 2014

Zurich, 1950s. The first European beefcake magazine, "Der Kreis", founded by a German refugee who had escaped from the Nazis, became a gay club of the same name in permissive post-war Switzerland, where homosexuality was not a crime. It is there that timid teacher Ernst Ostertag falls in love with drag star Röbi Rapp, who performs during those light-hearted, free nights at the club. But then a series of homosexual murders endanger the club dreams. An intense, moving film, presented in a hybrid docu-fiction format, alternating the stories of the two main characters (the first gay couple to get married-in Switzerland, at eighty years of age) and the flawless fiction of the staging. Portraying a little known, but crucial, turning point in European gay history, this film won both the Teddy Jury and the Panorama Audience Awards in 2014. Among the leading actors, Marianne Saegebrecht, unforgettable in Bagdad Cafè.

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