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The Circle

Switzerland | 2014 | 102 minutes | Stefan Haupt

In the 1950s, Zurich group Der Kreis (“The Circle”) blossomed into an internationally renowned gay liberation community. Schoolteacher Ernst Ostertag and drag performer Röbi Rapp fight for their love, made taboo by society, with inspiring courage, in this hybrid documentary/narrative.

The Great Museum

Austria | 2014 | 94 minutes | Johannes Holzhausen

Director Johannes Holzhausen gives us an all-access pass to the directors, preservationists, curators, and general staff of Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum over the course of one year while they renovate and re-brand one of Europe’s grandest treasures.

The Last of the Unjust

France | 2013 | 218 minutes | Claude Lanzmann

Claude Lanzmann (Shoah) unravels the tale of the “model” concentration camp, Theresienstadt, through conversations with former rabbi and Jewish Council leader Benjamin Murmelstein, who spent the war years negotiating on a day-to-day basis with Adolf Eichmann.

Macondo

Austria | 2014 | 98 minutes | Sudabeh Mortezai

A sensitive and deeply humanist tone carries this portrait of a young boy in a refugee settlement in Vienna torn between childhood, adulthood, and the reality of his surroundings.

Pierrot Lunaire

Germany | 2014 | 51 minutes | Bruce LaBruce

Queercore provocateur Bruce LaBruce smashes Arnold Schoenberg’s titular melodrama—a cycle of 21 poems in a female narration—with Expressionistic visuals of a trans man lost in a world of symbolic fantasies and desires. Screens with Abigail Child’s Vis à Vis (USA 2013, 25 min).

West

Germany | 2013 | 98 minutes | Christian Schwochow

From the director of Cracks in the Shell (SIFF 2012) comes another spellbinding, harrowing tale of identity and empowerment. In 1975, Nelly and her son escape to West Germany for a new start, and question all they knew about the man in their lives.

Wetlands

Germany | 2013 | 109 minutes | David F. Wnendt

Unapologetically vulgar and played out with sparkling energy, Wetlands follows fearless teenager Helen’s coming of age escapades. Based on Charlotte Roche’s worldwide bestseller, styled as a Ya “Fifty Shades of Grey.”