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by Stefan Haupt


Founded in the early 1940s, the network around the magazine ‘Der Kreis’ (’The Circle’) was the only gay organisation to survive the Nazi regime. It blossomed during the post-war 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 a self-determined way. It is there that timid teacher Ernst Ostertag falls in love with drag star Röbi Rapp. Ernst searches for a way to fight for his gayness 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.

international title: The Circle
original title: Der Kreis
country: Switzerland
sales agent: Reservoir Docs
year: 2014
genre: fiction
directed by: Stefan Haupt
film run: 102'
release date: FR 04/03/2015
screenplay: Stefan Haupt, Christian Felix, Ivan Madeo, Urs Frey
cast: Matthias Hungerbühler, Sven Schelker, Anatole Taubman, Marianne Sägebrecht, Stephan Witschi, Antoine Monot Jr., Matthias Meier
cinematography by: Tobias Dengler
film editing: Christoph Menzi
art director: Karin Giezendanner
costumes designer: Catherine Schneider
music: Federico Bettin
production: Contrast Film, SRF - Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen
distributor: Ascot Elite Entertainment Group, Salzgeber & Co. Medien, Outplay Films
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