A Hidden Life - IFFAM - 4th International Film Festival and Awards ‧ Macao

A Hidden Life
Austria, Germany, Italy | 2019 | 173’ | DCP | Colour, Black & White | English, German | Group: B
Director: Terrence Malick

2019/12/07 13:40 Macao Cultural Centre Small Auditorium

Programmer’s Note

Throughout his career, Terrence Malick’s films have increasingly focused on, or wrested with, the spiritual. The seemingly-gentle A Hidden Life would appear to be following this through line, but a deceptive precision elevates this story of a righteous, Christ-like figure who battles with his eternal soul as his country – Austria – plunges willingly into the darkness of Nazism.  This is a meditation on what it means to walk the path of truth and decency in a world which rewards those who ignore their consciences. What can one good man do in the face of tyranny, asks Malick, and his question comes at a poignant time for a world which seems just as beleaguered as it was between 1939 and 1943 when this film is set. Playing Franz Jagerstatter, a religious Austrian farmer living a rich and rewarding life with his family on the land, August Diehl is quietly compelling. With a pace informed by the rhythms of the land around him, A Hidden Life is a profoundly moving, deeply rooted film about a conscientious objector who is willing to play the ultimate price.

– Fionnuala Halligan


The true story of Franz Jagerstatter, an Austrian peasant farmer who, when faced with the threat of execution for treason by the Nazis in World War II, keeps his spirit alive by his unwavering faith and his love for his wife Fani and their children.


Terrence Malick

Born in 1943, Terrence Malick graduated from the AFI Conservatory in Los Angeles in 1969 and made his feature debut with Badlands (1973) starring Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek which is widely considered one of the best American films of that decade. After his second film Days of Heaven (1978), which was his first in competition at Cannes, he took a long break from cinema and didn’t make another film until The Thin Red Line in 1998. The epic war film won the Golden Bear at Berlinale and led to a prolific period of renewed activity including The New World (2005), The Tree Of Life (2011, Palme d’Or winner at Cannes), To The Wonder (2012), Knight Of Cups (2015)and A Hidden Life (2019) which premiered in competition at Cannes.

Cast & Crew

Director Terrence Malick

Scriptwriter(s) Terrence Malick

Producer(s) Grant Hill

Cinematographer Joerg Widmer

Production Designer Sebastian Krawinkel

Editor Rehman Ali, Joseph Gleason, Sebastian Jones

Music James Newton Howard

Costumes Designer Lisy Christl

Cast August Diehl, Valerie Pachner, Maria Simon, Karin Neuhäuser, Michael Nyqvist, Matthias Schoenaerts, Bruno Ganz, Alexander Fehling, Ulrich Matthes, Karl Markovics, Franz Rogowski, Martin Wuttke

Production Companies Iris Productions, Elizbeth bay / Aceway

Distributor Fox Searchlight

World Sales Mister Smith

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