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A Hidden Life

“A Hidden Life” tells the story of Franz Jägerstätter, a modest, real-life hero of a type rarely celebrated on film. Franz wasn’t a politician, a revolutionary firebrand, or even a particularly extroverted or verbose man. He just had a set of beliefs and stuck with them to the bitter end. Living a life that oddly echoed Herman Mellville’s short story “Bartleby, the Scrivener,” this was a soft-spoken Catholic who refused to serve in the German army, swear a loyalty oath to Hitler, or respond in kind when people said “Heil Hitler” to him on the road. When the Austrian peasant farmer is faced with the threat of execution for treason, it is his unwavering faith and his love for his wife Fanni and children that keeps his spirit alive. (excerpted from Roger Ebert.com)

Even at it teeters on the edge of pretentiousness, “A Hidden Life” exerts a cumulative power that cannot be ignored.”
– Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

“…this is [a] filmmaker on sublime form, putting his artistry and obsessions at the service of something frighteningly relevant. Full review
– Ian Freer, Empire

“The director has found the ideal vehicle for his cosmic inquiries, and has created a film that is mournful, memorable and emotionally exhilarating. Full review
– John Anderson, Wall Street Journal

Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 173 Minutes
Language: English
Venue: Cinema Capitol
Format: Digital Print
This is a Capitol produced event

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