A Hidden Life is a 2019 historical drama film directed by Terrence Malick.

Official trailers

FoxSearchlight on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 released the trailer:
A HIDDEN LIFE | Official Trailer | FOX Searchlight.

Story intro

Austria, 1939. Peasant farmer Franz Jägerstätter (August Diehl), born and bred in the small village of St. Radegund, is working his land when war breaks out. Married to Franziska (Fani) (Valerie Pachner), the couple are important members of the tight-knit rural community. They live a simple life with the passing years marked by the arrival of the couple's three girls. Franz is called up to basic training and is away from his beloved wife and children for months. Eventually, when France surrenders and it seems the war might end soon, he is sent back from training. With his mother and sister-in-law Resie (Maria Simon), he and his wife farm the land and raise their children amid the mountains and valleys of upper Austria. As the war goes on, Jägerstätter and the other able-bodied men in the village are called up to fight. Their first requirement is to swear an oath of allegiance to Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich. Despite the pleas of his neighbors, Jägerstätter refuses. Wrestling with the knowledge that his decision will mean arrest and even death, Jägerstätter finds strength in Fani's love and support. Jägerstätter is taken to prison, first in Enns, then in Berlin and waits months for his trial. During his time in prison, he and Fani write letters to one another and give each other strength. Fani and their daughters are victims of growing hostility in the village over her husband's decision not to fight. After months of brutal incarceration, his case goes to trial. He is found guilty and sentenced to death. Despite many opportunities to sign the oath of allegiance, Jägerstätter continues to stand up for his beliefs and is executed by the Third Reich in August 1943, while his wife and three daughters survive.


August Diehl
Franz Jägerstätter
Valerie Pachner
Franziska Jägerstätter
Matthias Schoenaerts
Michael Nyqvist
Bishop Joseph Fliessen
Jürgen Prochnow
Major Schlegel
Bruno Ganz
Judge Lueben
Alexander Fehling
Fredrich Feldmann
Martin Wuttke
Major Kiel
Franz Rogowski
Ulrich Matthes
Lorenz Schwaninger
Tobias Moretti
Vicar Ferdinand Fürthauer
Max Mauff
Karl Markovics
Johan Leysen
Joel Basman
Military Trainee
Maria Simon
Waldemar Kobus
Johannes Krisch
The Miller
Sophie Rois
Alexander Radszun
Sharp Judge
Dimo Alexiev
Leo Baumgartner
Toni Strohhofer
Sarah Born
The Girl
Ulrich Brandhoff
Captain Jürgen
Mathias Datow
Prison Guard
Walter de Winter
Dominik Hermanns
Prison Officer
Konrad Hochgruber
Moritz Katzmair
Prisoner Martin
Leonard Kunz
Sharp Assistant
Franziska Lang
Young Loisi Jagerstatter
Jasmin Barbara Mairhofer
Frau Pate
Max Malatesta
Thomas Mraz
Prosecutor Lars
Thomas Nash
German Soldier / Prisoner (voice)
Karin Neuhäuser
Johannes Nussbaum
Thomas Prenn
Nicholas Reinke
Father Moericke
Felix Römer
Village Policeman
Andro Sarishvili
Peter Schorn
Hessler's friend
Florian Schwienbacher
Bishop's Clerk
Ermin Sijamija
Benno Steinegger
Corporal Grimm
Chris Theisinger


The film A Hidden Life was scheduled to be released on May 19, 2019 (Cannes), on December 11, 2019 (France), on December 13, 2019 (United States) and on January 30, 2020 (Germany) by Fox Searchlight Pictures, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, UGC Distribution, Orange Studio Cinéma, 20th Century Fox Argentina and Imperial / Cinepix.

The duration of the film is 180 minutes. The film's budget is $7 - 9 million.

The film had received a "PG-13" rating.


A Hidden Life got high rating from critics.

External links

IMDB: A Hidden Life

Wikipedia: A Hidden Life (2019 film)

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