Circle, The

Circle, The

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Zurich: 1958. The bashful teacher Ernst Ostertag (Matthias Hungerbühler) and the German cabaret artist Robi Rapp (Babett Arens) get to know one another in the Swiss underground organization called "Der Kreis" (The Circle). As the two dissimilar men defend their love, they witness the heyday and decline of this Europe-wide pioneering organization for gay emancipation.

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Reasons to Buy

  1. Based on the intense and gripping true story of Switzerland's first underground gay magazine and secret sociopolitical organization.
  2. The real-life Ernst Ostertag and Robi Rapp are alive, well and very involved with the film. They offer fascinating commentary on their lives throughout the film - which blends documentary and narrative perfectly.
  3. The Circle is an absolute must-see for fans on gay cinema. Not only is it a pitch-perfect period piece, but it offers a glimpse of gay history that will prove eye-opening to many American audiences.


  • Director: Stefan Haupt
  • Writer: Stefan Haupt
  • Writer: Christian Felix
  • Writer: Ivan Madeo
  • Writer: Urs Frey
  • Rating: NR
  • Released: Nov 10 2015
  • Added: Nov 03 2015
  • TLA SKU: 1761446
  • UPC Code: 754703764133
  • Catalog #: DV36162202


2 Reviews for Circle, The

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Review by drakkar91

By: drakkar91
A remarkable film, even more so because it is based on the true story of the real pioneers of human rights for gay men. The film opens in 1950's Zurich Switzerland and follows the lives of young and older gay men on their quest to live their lives wi... Read More

Review by Amos Lassen

By: Amos Lassen
"The Circle" ("Der Kreis")
Zurich, 1958
Amos Lassen

Ernest Ostertag, a young teacher falls madly in love with Robi Rapp, a transvestite and finds himself torn between his bourgeois existence and his commitment to homosexuality. E... Read More

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