The Circle

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Sunday, May 18th, 2:45pm
Kennedy School Theater

circle2Winner of the Berlin International Film Festival Teddy Award for best documentary highlighting LGBT themes, The Circle brings documentary and narrative cinema together to tell the history of the first gay rights organization in Europe and the lives behind it. At the heart of this story is the marvelous romance of two men, Röbi and Ernst, who were not only at the political center of The Circle but went on to become the first gay men married in Zurich.

Spanning Switzerland’s tumultuous period between the ‘50s and present day, The Circle sets intimate contemporary interviews against a lushly re-created, almost pulp tale of closeted teachers, cabaret cross dressers, murderous rent boys, police raids and the endurance of love and free expression. If this weren’t enough, keep an eye on the subtle and poignant cameos by the wonderful Marianne Sägebrecht.

— Donal Mosher

The Circle: Dir Stefan Haupt Switzerland 2014 102 min

Community Partners:  Gay and Lesbian Archives of the Pacific Northwest; SAGE Metro Portland; Zeitgeist Northwest; SMYRC