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Saturday February 7th 4pm The Screening Room

 THE CIRCLE  d.Stefan Haupt/102min/SWISS GERMAN/2014

Zürich in the mid 50’s: Ernst, a young shy teacher, becomes a member of the gay organization DER KREIS (The Circle) whose publication unites the fragile yet vibrant post World War II gay community in Switzerland.  There he gets to know cabaret singer and female impersonator Röbi and immediately falls head over heels in love with him.  Ernst finds himself torn between his bourgeois existence and acceptance of his homosexuality, for Röbi it is about his first serious love relationship. A relationship which proves to last a lifetime. THE CIRCLE features a unique blend of narrative and documentary formats with the modern day protagonists commenting on the scripted sequences of the film.  The film deftly charts the increasing repression against homosexuals in Zurich as the two young and very different men fight for their love and together with their friends for the rights of gays.  Fittingly, in 2003, Ernst and Röbi made history when, both 73 years old at the time, they became the first legally married same-sex couple in Switzerland.

WINNER: Teddy Award & Panorama Audience Award, 2014 Berlin Film Festival

Preceded by:

JUST DANDY – d. Thirza Cuthand/Canada/7:37min/2013

Invited to speak at an Indigenous Revolutionary Meeting, the narrator describes an intimate encounter with an Evil Colonizing Queen which leads to Turtle Island’s contraction of an invasive European flora.

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