Switzerland 2014, 101 min, German, Hebrew & English subtitles
Winner of the Audience Choice Award at the 2014 Berlin Film Festival, this film tells the love story of a shy, reserved, middle-class teacher and a star of provocative cabaret shows who appeared on stage as a female impersonator. The story is set against the backdrop of the budding gay rights movement in Zurich in 1958. The first time that Ernst Ostertag heard Robi Rapp sing on stage, he couldn’t imagine anyone whose life was more different from his. Still, it was love at first sight. Almost sixty years later, the two men who became the first same-sex couple to get married in Switzerland, are still deeply in love. They tell the story of “The Circle”, a gay rights group considered groundbreaking in Europe. The film uses interviews, dramatic reenactments (using actors, including Marianne Sagebrecht) and archival footage to depict the growth of the organisation, its ideology and the grand balls it hosted, as well as the attacks, difficulties and decline.
Previous Festivals: Berlinale