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THE CIRCLE features a unique blend of narrative and documentary formats with the modern day protagonists commenting on the scripted sequences of the film. The film deftly charts the increasing repression against homosexuals in Zurich as the two young and very different men fight for their love and together with their friends for the rights of gays. Fittingly, in 2003, Ernst and Röbi made history when, both 73 years old at the time, they became the first legally married same-sex couple in Switzerland
Switzerland's Official Submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards®
Winner - Panorama Audience Award at 2014 Berlin International Film Festival
Winner - Teddy Award at 2014 Berlin International Film Festival
Winner - Grand Jury Award 2014 Outfest Los Angeles
“The Circle” (“Der Kreis”) is a startlingly effective mix of drama and documentary, combining both interview footage of longtime lovers Ernst Ostertag and Röbi Rapp and the dramatized story of how they met in the 1950s as part of the social scene created by the gay literary and cultural journal from ...