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A Hidden Life (12A)
1st March 2020 - 3rd March 2020
New from visionary writer-director Terrence Malick (Days from Heaven, The Tree of Life) is this reverent historical biopic of a (real) unsung hero.
Franz Jägerstätter was an conscientious objector in World War II, a farmer living in rural Austria with his wife and three young daughters. Repulsed by Nazi ideology, his refusal to swear allegiance to Hitler or to fight sees him face a terrifying fate. Shot in Malick’s trademark style – layering characters’ searching interior monologues over ecstatic footage of the natural world – it offers more commitment to narrative realism than his other recent works. It explores the moral and emotional heart of Jägerstätter’s dilemma, the strength of his incorruptible personal faith, in contrast with the fallibility of religion and of humanity at large.
Director: Terrence Malick
Starring: August Diehl, Valerie Pachner, Bruno Ganz, Matthias Schoenaerts
US/Germany, 2019, 2 hours 53 minutes
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