2014, Colour, Switzerland, World Greats



Production Team

Director : Stefan Haupt

Screenwriter : Stefan Haupt, Christian Felix, Ivan Madeo, Urs Frey

Cinematographer : Tobias Dengler

Editor : Christoph Menzi

Cast : Matthias Hungerbühler, Steven Shelker, Anatole Taubman, Marianne Sägebrecht

Music : Federico Bettini

Film production and Sales : Prod.: Contrast Films Zürich, Contrast Film Zürich, Schöneggplatz 10 CH–8004 Zürich (Suisse), tél.: +41 43 535 79 25, Ventes/Sales: The Film Collaborative, 3405 Cazador Street, Los Angeles, CA 90065 (États-Unis), tél.+1 323 207-8321



Founded in the early 1940s, the network around the magazine Der Kreis (The Circle) was the only gay organization to survive the Nazi regime. It blossomed during the postwar years into an internationally renowned underground club. Legendary masked balls at the Theater am Neumarkt in Zurich provided 800 visitors from all over Europe with a secret and safe space to act out their "otherness" in their own way. It is there that timid teacher Ernst Ostertag falls in love with drag star Röbi Rapp. Ernst searches for a way to fight to be accepted as normal outside the boundaries of The Circle network without losing his employment as a teacher. Röbi champions the joint fruition of their love. Following a murder in the gay community, violent repression against gay people also endangers The Circle network.

"A great and beautifully reenacted story." -- Boyd van Hoeij (Hollywood Reporter)



Born in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1961, Stefan Haupt he studied at the Schauspielakademie Zürich where he took a degree in theatre and education. A director and freelance filmmaker since 1989, he founded the Fontana Film production company in Zurich in 1998. His feature film debut, UTOPIA BLUES (2001), won several awards including the Zurich and Swiss film prizes. Among his subsequent films: ELISABETH KÜBLER-ROSS (2003, doc.), MORITZ (2003), Ein Lied für Argyris (2006, doc.), HOW ABOUT LOVE (2010), SAGRADA (2012, doc.). THE CIRCLE won Teddy and Panorama Public awards at this year's Berlin Festival.



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