Documentary Film Night: "The Circle" (2014 docudrama)
In partnership with Thailand's Documentary Club
in German and French with English and Thai subtitles
1 hour, 42 minutes

7pm, Monday October 02, 2017
150 baht for non-members, Free for members.
Synopsis: "The Circle," Switzerland's official foreign-language film submission for the 87th Academy Awards (2014), is a richly absorbing historical docudrama revolving around Ernst Ostertag and Robi Rapp, who in 2003 became the first same-sex couple to enjoy legal recognition in Switzerland.

The couple's story began in Zurich in the mid-1950s, at a time when homosexuality, although not illegal in the city, was hardly accepted by the mainstream. The pair -- Ostertag was a teacher at a girls school, Rapp a young drag performer -- met through a pioneering gay group called Der Kreis (the Circle), which from 1942 to 1967 published an underground magazine and held covert parties for its subscribers.

Director Stefan Haupt seamlessly mixes engaging present-day interviews with the two, now octogenarians, with full-blooded dramatic reenactments, set in the 1950s and '60s, of Ostertag (portrayed by Matthias Hungerbuhler) and Rapp's (Sven Schelker) stirring tale of romance and oppression.

These re-creations, which also spotlight such characters as Der Kreis' chief editor (Stefan Witschi), Ostertag's deeply closeted boss (Peter Jecklin) and Rapp's supportive mother (Marianne Sagebrecht), are deftly mounted and performed -- every bit worthy of their own feature film....

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