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To call A Hidden Life, MIFF Midlife Achievement Award winner Terrence Malick’s “intensely romantic work of art” (Justin Chang, LA Times) the director’s greatest film is really saying something, considering that the likes of Days of Heaven and The Tree of Life have preceded it. Yet “Malick’s masterpiece makes a great argument that it’s the little-known heroes, as opposed to the ones we trumpet as such, that truly form the ethical foundation upon which our society still creakily rests. Malick is a true cinematic maestro, conducting the orchestra of life. A Hidden Life is breathtaking in every aspect.” —Alex Saveliev, Film Threat. Though set against the backdrop of the rise of Nazism, this is clearly a film for the moment as well as for the ages. Based on real events, A Hidden Life is the story of Franz Jägerstätter, who refused to fight for the Nazis in WWII. 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. In English and in German with English subtitles. PG-13. 173 Min.