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THE CIRCLE

DER KREIS (original title)


A film by Stefan Haupt

Zürich in the mid 50's: The young shy teacher Ernst Ostertag becomes a member of the gay organization DER KREIS. 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 high point and the eventual decline of the organization, which, in the whole Europe, is seen as the symbol of gay emancipation. Ernst finds himself torn between his "bourgeois" existence and his commitment to homosexuality, for Röbi it is about his first serious love relationship. A relationship which will last a lifetime. From the present, the film looks back to the time when the “Mother” of all European homosexual organizations had its high point until it 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 gay rights.




Stefan Haupt

Biography:

Stefan Haupt was born in Zurich in 1961. He attended the Zurich Drama School from 1985 to 1988, obtaining a degree in Theater Education. Since 1989 he has worked as a director and filmmaker. In 1998 he founded his own production company, Fontana Film, in Zurich. His feature film debut Utopia Blues was honoured with the Zurich Film Prize and the Swiss Film Prize, among others. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross remains the most successful Swiss documentary film to date, with some 300,000 viewers throughout Europe. From 2008 to 2010 Stefan Haupt was president of the Swiss Filmmakers Association, and has been a board member of the foundation of SWISS FILMS, the promotion agency, since 2007. Stefan Haupt is married to actress Eleni Haupt; they live in Zurich with their four children.

Stefan Haupt


Original language: German
Produced by: Contrast Film
In coproduction with: Schweizer Fernsehen SRF / SRG SSR


Award(s):

Berlin 2014: TEDDY AWARD - Best Documentary/ Essay Film

Berlin 2014: PANORAMA AUDIENCE AWARD

Boston LGBT 2014: Audience Award for Best Documentary

Torino TGLFF – Best Feature Film

30. Schwule Filmwoche 2014 – Audience Award

Festroia Intl Film Festival - PRIZE MAN AND HIS ENVIRONMENT

Outfest - Los Angeles 2014: Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature Film

Audience Award for Best Documentary - Perlen Queer Film Fest Hannover (ex aequo with “Kein Zickenfox“)

Pittsburgh LGBT Film Festival 2014: Audience Award for Best Documentary (ex aequo with “Out in the Night“)

Avanca Film Festival – Portugal – Best Trailer in Motion Prize

Swiss Film Award 2015: Best Feature Film / Best Screenplay / Best Actor / Best Performance in a Supporting Role.

Festroia Intl Film Festival - PRIZE MAN AND HIS ENVIRONMENT

30. Schwule Filmwoche – Audience Award

Torino Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 2014: Award for the Best Feature Film

Boston LGBT 2014: Audience Award for Best Documentary

Berlin 2014: TEDDY AWARD - Best Documentary/ Essay Film

Berlin 2014: PANORAMA AUDIENCE AWARD

 

 

 

 

Festival(s):

 “THE CIRCLE“ has been selected as the Swiss candidate for the OSCARS 2015 in the category “Best Foreign Language Film“!