A Hidden Life

  • 180'
  • Germany
  • 2019

The stunning mountain valleys of the Alps form the backdrop to a heartrending drama about an Austrian farmer who refuses to submit to the rule of Nazi Germany. This new film by American cinema maestro Terrence Malick (The Thin Red Line, The Tree of Life) is based on the life of Franz Jägerstätter, who was imprisoned for his silent resistance to the German Anschluss.

For the screenplay, Malick draws on letters Jägerstätter wrote to his wife. As he festers in jail, she is ostracised by the villagers. In A Hidden Life, Malick investigates how the Jägerstätters found the strength to sacrifice their lives and well-being for a higher ideal. As in his previous work, he lyrically represents his characters' rich inner worlds using fluid images, a rich soundtrack and associative editing.

Director
Terrence Malick
Countries of production
Germany, USA
Production Year
2019
Festival Edition
IFFR 2020
Length
180'
Medium
DCP
Languages
English, German, Italian
Producers
Grant Hill, Dario Bergesio, Josh Jeter, Elisabeth Bentley
Production Companies
Elizabeth Bay Productions, Studio Babelsberg, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH
Sales
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Cinematography
Jörg Widmer
Editor
Rehman Nizar Ali, Joe Gleason, Sebastian Jones
Production Design
Sebastian T. Krawinkel
Music
James Newton Howard
Cast
August Diehl, Valerie Pachner, Bruno Ganz, Michael Nyqvist, Maria Simon, Matthias Schoenaerts, Jürgen Prochnow
Local Distributor
The Walt Disney Company Benelux