A HIDDEN LIFE
Feature Narrative | 173 minutes

HIFF 2019

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This film played at HIFF 2019
on 10/12/2019 and 10/13/2019
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Directed By
Terrence Malick

Produced By
Grant Hill
Dario Bergesio
Josh Jeter
Elisabeth Bentley

Written By
Terrence Malick

Featuring
August Diehl
Valerie Pachner
Maria Simon
Bruno Ganz
Matthias Schoenaerts


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East Coast Premiere

2019 | English/German | USA/Germany

At the dawn of the second World War, the Edenic life of peasant farmer Franz Jägerstätter (August Diehl) and his family is disrupted by the intrusion of violence and hatred developing throughout their Austrian countryside village. As their town becomes further immersed in the Third Reich’s ideologies, Franz is called in for military training, where his refusal to swear allegiance to Hitler will force him into imprisonment and away from his family back home. Telling the true story of one of the many conscientious objectors who quietly pushed back against their countries’ advances toward extremism, filmmaker Terrence Malick (THE TREE OF LIFE, THE THIN RED LINE) returns to the vast canvas of his most celebrated work in this immensely powerful rumination on the call for a higher purpose in times of unimaginable turbulence.