Festival of Austrian Film
April 4–9, 2024, Graz

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A Hidden Life
Feature Film, DE/US 2019, Farbe+SW, 173 min., OmdU
Diagonale 2020

Director: Terrence Malick
Script: Terrence Malick
Cast: August Diehl, Valerie Pachner, Maria Simon, Tobias Moretti, Bruno Ganz, Matthias Schoenaerts, Karin Neuhäuser, Ulrich Matthes, Karl Markovics u. a.
Camera: Jörg Widmer
Editor: Rehman Nizar Ali Joe Gleason Sebastian Jones
Location Sound: Edouard William Franck, Henning Backhaus, Albert Car
Music: James Newton Howard
Sounddesign: Jon Null
Costumes: Lisy Christl
Producers: Grant Hill, Dario Bergesio, Josh Jeter, Elisabeth Bentley
Production: Elizabeth Bay Productions (US)
Co-production: Studio Babelsberg (DE)


The Diagonale’20 was cancelled due to official measures to contain the spread of COVID-19.

A Hidden Life tells the story of the Austrian farmer Franz Jägerstätter who refuses to go to war for reasons of conscience, and for that reason is executed by the national socialists in 1943. Terrence Malick succeeds in creating a moving ode to the national resistance hero, excellently cast with August Diehl and Valerie Pachner in the main roles. A Hidden Life is an allegorical resistance drama about courage and the struggle against an inhuman, totalitarian regime.