Berlin International Film Festival - Teddy Award for Best Documentary/Essay Film, Panorama Audience Award for Documentary Film
Zürich in the mid 50's: The young shy teacher Ernst Ostertag becomes a member of the gay organization Der Kreis. There he gets to know the transvestite star Röbi Rapp – and immediately falls head over heels in love with him.
Röbi and Ernst live through the high point and the eventual decline of the organization, which in the whole of Europe is seen as the pioneer of gay emancipation. Ernst finds himself torn between his bourgeois existence and his commitment to homosexuality, for Röbi it is about his first serious love relationship. A relationship which will last a lifetime.
""Fascinating and vital docu-drama.""-Cormac O'Brien, Little White Lies