A Hidden Life | Denver Film Society | Terrence Malick | Germany

A Hidden Life

Terrence Malick

Family Issues, Historical/Period, War

English, GermanEnglish SubtitlesGermany2019173 min

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Overview

Devotees of Terrence Malick have widely anointed this wartime drama—based on the true story of Austrian farmer and conscientious objector Franz Jägerstätter—as a return to form for the filmmaker, calling it his best work since 2011’s Tree of Life. (Speaking of devotees, Stan Brakhage guest-curated a three-film tribute to Malick for DFF21, screening Badlands, Days Of Heaven, and The Thin Red Line.)


During the opening days of World War II, Franz resides in the mountain village of St. Radegund, where he’s a devout churchgoer and respected citizen. He’s also a husband who’s very smitten with his wife, Franziska, and their farmwork unfailingly leads to frolicking on sun-splashed Alpine vistas.


But as his neighbors and fellow parishioners become increasingly enthusiastic about the Third Reich, Franz’s bucolic life is threatened by the intolerable choice with which he’s faced: swear an oath of loyalty to Adolf Hitler or be executed as an enemy of the state. The once-esteemed man now endures vitriol and abuse from his community, and he must consider whether standing up for his moral convictions will have any effect beyond causing his beloved family great suffering. A Hidden Life is an epic exploration of faith and spirituality in the face of very worldly consequences.


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Producer: Elisabeth Bentley, Dario Bergesio, Grant Hill, Josh Jeter | Editor: Rehman Nizar Ali, Joe Gleason, Sebastian Jones | Cinematographer: Jörg Widmer | Screenwriter: Terrence Malick
Cast: August Diehl, Valerie Pachner, Michael Nyqvist, Matthias Schoenaerts, Jürgen Prochnow
Additional Countries: USA