A Hidden Life

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A Hidden Life

Ein verborgenes Leben

Terrence Malick
D/USA, 2019
Features, 173min, OmdU

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A Hidden Life

Terrence Malick
D/USA, 2019
Features, 173min, OmdU

Fri
25
Oct
20:15
Gartenbaukino
Sun
27
Oct
14:30
Gartenbaukino
Cast: 
August Diehl
Franz Jägerstätter
Valerie Pachner
Franziska Jägerstätter
Matthias Schoenaerts
Herder
Jürgen Prochnow
Major Schlegel
Bruno Ganz
Judge Lueben
Karl Markovics
Mayor
Screenplay: 
Terrence Malick
Camera: 
Jörg Widmer
Editor: 
Rehman Nizar Ali
Joe Gleason
Sebastian Jones
Composer: 
James Newton Howard
Decoration: 
Sebastian T. Krawinkel

Production: 
Iris Productions
Studio Babelsberg
Elizabeth Bay Productions
World Sales: 
Mister Smith Entertainment
Distribution in Austria: 
Filmladen
Format: 
DCP
Color

With A HIDDEN LIFE, Terrence Malick returns to historical material for the first time since A NEW WORLD, once again setting the boundlessness of nature against the restrictions of human life. His subject this time is Franz Jägerstätter, an Austrian farmer who remained steadfast in his refusal to swear allegiance to Hitler, which robbed him first of his freedom and later of his life.
Structured by Jägerstätter’s impressions in voiceover together with those of his wife Franziska, the film crafts a suitably allenveloping portrait of the rural idyll the family inhabit, not least to make the contrast with the stations of Franz’s subsequent fate reverberate all the louder. Rolling mountain pastures gradually give way to claustrophobic interiors, the rushing wind and babbling streams are replaced by barked commands, and warmth and community recede into cheerless solitude; for all Malick’s talent at creating beauty, he’s equally adept at capturing the ugliness of the Nazi regime. Yet A HIDDEN LIFE is ultimately about both existing side by side, one offering solace against the other: a monument forged of light and air to a man who believed, never to be pulled down to earth. (James Lattimer)

Terrence Malick: BADLANDS (1973), DAYS OF HEAVEN (1978), THE THIN RED LINE (1998), THE NEW WORLD (2005), THE TREE OF LIFE (2011), TO THE WONDER (2012), KNIGHT OF CUPS (2015), SONG TO SONG (2017)