Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

The Circle
(Der Kreis)

Year: 2014
Run Time: 102 minutes

The Circle
The Circle
The Circle
The Circle

The lights go down, the crowd goes silent, and out steps the most beautiful person you’ve ever seen in a shimmering red dress. You think to yourself, “Wow, that’s the one.” In 1961, that’s how it was for Ernst, a reserved schoolteacher who fell for Robi, a stunning Swiss drag queen. Fifty years later, Robi is still at Ernst’s side in their Zurich apartment. Their half-century relationship is sure to be one of the most compelling love stories you’ll encounter all year. THE CIRCLE chronicles the early days of their relationship, when they were active in the legendary publication of the same name – a magazine that’s since been called “the world's most important journal promoting the legal and social rights of gay men.” As Ernst and Robi’s love intensifies, so does the witch hunt against those involved with the publication. Inventively juxtaposing interviews of the present-day Ernst and Robi with meticulous dramatizations of their past, THE CIRCLE is a powerful testament to enduring love, both through struggle and success. (In Swiss German, German, and French with subtitles) – C.P.

CIFF39 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 7:00 PM -
Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 8:45 PM

Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 1:45 PM -
Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 3:25 PM

Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 6:00 PM -
Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 7:40 PM

Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 11:30 AM -
Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 1:10 PM

10% Cinema

Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition

Stefan Haupt

Stefan Haupt, born in Zurich in 1961, holds a degree from the Zurich Drama School in Theater Education. He has his own production company, Fontana Film, and was formerly the president of the Swiss Filmmakers Association.

"I'm Just a Simple Person" (1999), "Utopia Blues" (2001), "Elisabeth Kübler-Ross: Facing Death" (2003), "Downtown Switzerland" (2004), "A Song for Argyris" (2006), "How About Love" (2010), "Sagrada, The Mystery of Creation" (2010), THE CIRCLE (2014)

Urs Frey

Stefan Haupt, Christian Felix, Urs Frey, Ivan Madeo

Tobias Dengler

Christoph Menzi

Principal Cast
Matthias Hungerbühler, Sven Schelker, Anatole Taubman, Marianne Sägebrecht, Stephan Witschi

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