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A Hidden Life
Original title:
A Hidden Life
Slovenian title:
Skrito življenje
Section:
KINGS & QUEENS
Country, year:
USA, Germany, 2019
Length:
173
Directed by:
Terrence Malick
Screenplay:
Terrence Malick
Cinematography:
Jörg Widmer
Music:
James Newton Howard
Subtitles:
slovenian
Language:
English,German
Voting code:
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Cast:
August Diehl (Franz Jägerstätter), Valerie Pachner (Franziska Jägerstätter), Michael Nyqvist (Joseph Fliessen), Matthias Schoenaerts (Herder), Jürgen Prochnow (major Schlegel), Bruno Ganz (sodnik Lueben), Alexander Fehling (Fredrich Feldmann), Ulrich Matthes (Lorenz Schwaninger), Karl Markovics (župan/mayor), Franz Rogowski (Waldlan)
Awards:
Cannes 2019, Telluride 2019, Toronto 2019, Deauville 2019, London 2019, San Diego 2019

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Description:
Based on real events and reflecting Terrence Malick's inimitable style, A Hidden Life is the story of an unsung hero, Franz Jägerstätter, who refused to fight for the Nazis in World War II.
Austrian peasant farmer Franz Jägerstätter lives in the small village of St. Radegund, with his wife and their three daughters. When war breaks out, Jägerstätter and other able-bodied men in the village are called up to fight. Their first requirement is to swear an oath of allegiance to Adolf Hitler and the 3rd Reich. Despite the pleas of his neighbours, Jägerstätter refuses. Wrestling with the knowledge that his decision will mean arrest and even death, he finds strength in his wife's love and support. After months of brutal incarceration, his case goes to trial. He is found guilty and sentenced to death. Despite many opportunities to sign the oath of allegiance, Jägerstätter continues to stand up for his beliefs.

"A Hidden Life is a lucid and profoundly defiant portrait of faith in crisis. It's an intimate epic about the immense strength required for resistance, and the courage that it takes for one to hold fast to their virtue during a crisis of faith, and in a world that may never reward them for it. It is, without question, the best thing that Malick has made since The Tree of Life." (Justin Chang, The Los Angeles Times)