The film has Matthias Hungerbühler and Sven Schelker portray Ostertag and Rapp respectively in the depiction of 1950s Zurich, whilst the film intersperses documentary interviews with the real life pair in the present day. From the outset we encounter Ostertag, a young English literature teacher in an all-girls school, attempting to teach Albert Camus' The Outsider and the idea getting shot down by his superiors. Rapp is a drag artist who meets Ostertag and so begins their life-long union entwined with the publication of the magazine which in a post-Nazi era still rubs people up the wrong way.
The film is tensely directed by Stefan Haupt who also wrote the dramatic screenplay, which has helped garner the official Switzerland entry for Best Foreign Language Film in the 87th Academy Awards next year. Helped by brave and appealing performances from both leads, whilst the present date documentary footage rightly lets the Ostertag/Rapp elders tell their story themselves today.
The Circle is released from on December 12th and is released by Matchbox Films.