On the 1 August at 15.00 the Swiss film "Der Kreis" will be screened at Klarabiografen/Kulturhuset in Stockholm. The show is part of a mini-film festival that we organize together with EUNIC Stockholm, which is a network for European cultural institutions and embassies. There is free admission to the screening.
The Circle (Der Kreis) is a Swiss docudrama released in 2014, written and directed by Stefan Haupt. The film is about the social network of gay men that developed in Zürich in the 1940s and 1950s, centered on a gay publication and the social events it sponsored. Starting with the investigation on three murders of gay men the film focuses on the love story of Ernst Ostertag and Röbi Rapp, a schoolteacher and a drag entertainer, who met through their engagement in the movement and the dicrimination they faced. Interviews with the couple and other members and experts on the issue are blended with documentary film and photographs as well as a scripted dramatic enactment of the story.
The main characters are portrayed by Matthias Hungerbühler and Sven Schelker, with documentary interviews with the real Ostertag and Rapp. The film's cast also includes Marianne Sägebrecht, Anatole Taubman, among others.
The film won the Teddy Award for Best Documentary at the 2014 Berlin Film Festival as well as the Panorama Audience Award.