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Sagrada – The Mystery Of Creation

In the midst of the hustle and bustle of the Catalonian metropolis, Sagrada settles into the quiet ambiance of the basilica, peering into nooks and crannies of both the finished and still to be completed sections. This slow, methodical investigation allows the audience time to observe, perceive, and reflect upon the historical and spiritual significance of the basilica, while gaining deep insight into the ongoing process of artistic creation.

More than 125 years after construction began, the basilica remains unfinished. Despite this, La Sagrada Familia has been admired by art historians for decades. Art critic Rainer Zerbst once said, “It is probably impossible to find a church building anything like it in the entire history of art” and Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Goldberger called it, “The most extraordinary personal interpretation of Gothic architecture since the Middle Ages.” Inspired by Gaudí’s vision and the work of thousands over more than a century, Sagrada sheds light on our fundamentally human search for the meaning of existence and the quest for creative expression in the context of this ambitious and glorious landmark.

The Circle (2014)

Founded in the early 1940s, the network around the magazine ‘Der Kreis’ (’The Circle’) was the only gay organisation to survive the Nazi regime. It blossomed during the post-war years into an internationally renowned underground club. Legendary masked balls at the Theater am Neumarkt in Zurich provided 800 visitors from all over Europe with a secret and safe space to act out their ‘otherness’ in a self-determined way. It is there that timid teacher Ernst Ostertag falls in love with drag star Röbi Rapp. Ernst searches for a way to fight for his gayness to be accepted as normal outside the boundaries of ‘The Circle’ network without losing his employment as a teacher. Röbi champions the joint fruition of their love. Following a murder in the gay community, violent repression against gay people also endangers ‘The Circle’ network. [Synopsis courtesy of Berlinale]