THE CIRCLE

DER KREIS

By Stefan HAUPT

CONTRAST FILM BERN GMBH - as PROD

Documentary - Completed 2014


Festivals
& Awards

Berlinale 2014
Teddy Award for Best Documentary & Panorama Audience Award
Boston LGBT Film Fest 2014
Audience Award for Best Documentary
Torino LGBT Film Festival 2014
Audience Award for Best Feature Film
Festroia International Film Festival 2014
Prize Man and his Environment
Outfest - Los Angeles 2014
Grand Jury award for Best Documentary Feature
Perlen Queer Film Fest Hannover 2014
Audience Award for Best Documentary
Identities Queer Film Festival 2014
Audience Award
Festival des Images aux Mots 2015
Audience Award
    • Year of production
    • 2014
    • Genres
    • Documentary, Drama
    • Countries
    • SWITZERLAND
    • Languages
    • GERMAN
    • Budget
    • 1 - 3 M$
    • Duration
    • 102 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Stefan HAUPT
    • Synopsis
    • Zürich in the mid 1950s: The young shy teacher Ernst Ostertag becomes a member of the gay organization DER KREIS. There he gets to know the transvestite star Röbi Rapp – and immediately falls head over heels in love with him. Röbi and Ernst live through the high point and the eventual decline of the organization, which, in the whole Europe, is seen as the symbol of gay emancipation. Ernst finds himself torn between his "bourgeois" existence and his commitment to homosexuality; for Röbi it is about his first serious love relationship. A relationship which will last a lifetime. From the present, the film looks back to the time when the “Mother” of all European homosexual organizations had its high point until it fell apart. While the repression against homosexuals became increasingly more intense in Zurich, two young and very different men fight for their love and – together with their friends – for gay rights.