Based on real events, "A HIDDEN LIFE" tells the story of an unsung hero, Franz Jägerstätter, who refused to fight for the Nazis in World War II. 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, Fani, and their children that keeps his spirit alive.
"A shatteringly powerful story of faith in crisis.... after seven long years of wandering in the desert... Terrence Malick has finally rediscovered his conviction and returned to solid ground.... Shot on digital (and taking full advantage of the catch-as-catch-can opportunities the format allows), but told with the probing moral urgency that was suffused into 'The Thin Red Line,' "A Hidden Life" is a lucid and profoundly defiant portrait of faith in crisis. It's an intimate epic about the immense strength required for resistance, and the courage that it takes for one to hold fast to their virtue during a crisis of faith, and in a world that may never reward them for it. It is, without question, the best thing that Malick has made since 'The Tree of Life.'"—David Ehrlich, IndieWire
Malick's first two films were the now critically acclaimed "BADLANDS" (1973), starring Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek, and "DAYS OF HEAVEN" (1978), starring Richard Gere and winner of the 1979 Academy Award for Best Cinematography—by Néstor Almendros. His next movie, "THE THIN RED LINE" (1998), an adaptation of James Jones's World War II novel of the same name, was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including nods for Malick for directing and adapted screenplay. His more recent films include "THE NEW WORLD" (2005), the autobiographical "THE TREE OF LIFE" (2011), "TO THE WONDER" (2012) and "KNIGHT OF CUPS" (2015). According to a post on imdb.com, the writer-director, like the legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick, "usually takes well over a year to edit his films" and news of forthcoming films by Malick has, in the recent past, been met with great anticipation by cineastes the world over."
The screening is the latest joint presentation by the Adirondack Film Society, and the freedom education and human rights organization John Brown Lives! and the Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA). Previous AFS-JBL! collaborations have included free daytime screenings for North Country school-age children and their teachers and parents of "SELMA" and "HIDDEN FIGURES" and screenings for the general public of those two movies and such films as "TIMBUCTOO," "JACKIE," Ava DuVernay's documentary "13TH" and the James Baldwin-related films "I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO" and "IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK." In the past two years, the two organizations have partnered with the Adirondack Global Arts Festival (AGAF) and LPCA on screenings, respectively, of Best Animated Feature Oscar winner "COCO" and Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar nominee "SHOPLIFTERS"—a collaboration that will present "HARRIET," about the world-historical figure Harriet Tubman, at the 2020 AGAF, on Friday, March 6th.
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