A Hidden Life


Sequoia 1 Sat, Oct 12, 2019 7:30 PM
Lark Theatre Sun, Oct 13, 2019 5:00 PM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Resist Revolt Reform
Running Time:173 min.
Director:Terrence Malick
Producer:Grant Hill
Dario Bergesio
Josh Jeter
Elisabeth Bentley
Screenwriter:Terrence Malick
Cinematographer:Jörg Widmer
Editor:Rehman Nizar Ali
Joe Gleason
Sebastian Jones
Cast:August Diehl
Valerie Pachner
Matthias Schoenaerts
Michael Nyqvist
Bruno Ganz
Print Source:Fox Searchlight
Note Writer:Tim Grierson


Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life, Days of Heaven) delivers one of his most impassioned works with this masterful return to form about the true story of a conscientious objector who chose prison over fighting for the Third Reich. An astonishing August Diehl (Inglourious Basterds) plays Franz Jägerstätter, a soft-spoken Austrian farmer living peacefully with his wife (Valerie Pachner, The Ground Beneath My Feet) and their children, but during WWII, he is forced to join the German army. The staunchly religious Franz refuses, setting in motion potentially dire repercussions. Guided by its luminous performances and the sort of jaw-dropping cinematography that comes with any Malick film, A Hidden Life is undoubtedly a sharp rebuke to the rise of fascism in our modern age, and Malick’s ethereal camerawork is constantly juxtaposed with the Nazis’ encroaching threat to Franz’s tranquil domain. It’s a transporting, supremely thoughtful drama that’s hard to shake.

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Additional Information

Terrence Malick is an award-winning director, writer, and producer. His second feature, Days of Heaven (1978), earned him the Best Director award at Cannes and The Tree of Life (2011) won the Palme d'Or and received a Best Director Oscar® nomination. His body of work includes his feature debut, Badlands (1973); The Thin Red Line (1998), nominated for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay Academy Awards®; The New World (2005); To the Wonder (2012); Knight of Cups (2015); and Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey (2016).