Disney’s Fox Searchlight Pictures has revealed the trailer and poster for writer/director Terrence Malick’s A Hidden Life, opening in select theaters on December 13.
Based on real events, A Hidden Life is the story of an unsung hero, Franz Jägerstätter (August Diehl), 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 children that keeps his spirit alive.
Fox Searchlight acquired the distribution rights after the film’s World Premiere in competition at the 72nd Festival de Cannes. The film reunites Malick with Searchlight following the Oscar-nominated Best Picture The Tree of Life.
A Hidden Life also stars Valerie Pachner, Maria Simon, Bruno Ganz, Karin Neuhäuser, Tobias Moretti, Matthias Schoenaerts and Ulrich Matthes. The film is an Elizabeth Bay Production in association with Aceway and Studio Babelsberg and is produced by Grant Hill, p.g.a., Dario Bergesio, Josh Jeter and Elisabeth Bentley, with Marcus Loges and Adam Morgan serving as executive producers.
“Terrence Malick has crafted a majestic and deeply affecting story of a man who held onto unwavering faith and devotion during the darkness of war,” Fox Searchlight said previously. “We are elated to reunite with Terrence Malick after the wonderfully rewarding journey of ‘The Tree of Life.’ He has brought his exquisite filmmaking style to this powerful portrait of one man’s spirit in a time of crisis. The performances by the cast, anchored by August Diehl and Valerie Pachner, are tremendous.”
Producer Grant Hill said, “Terry and I are so delighted to be back home with our ‘Tree of Life’ partners, Fox Searchlight. Their commitment and understanding was beyond reproach on ‘Tree’ and we are looking forward to an equally satisfying relationship on ‘A Hidden Life.’ This is a very personal project for Terry and it is great to be back with friends to tell this remarkable true story.”