Valerie Pachner, one of the stars of Terrence Malick’s “A Hidden Life,” talked about why the World War II drama set in Austria is still important today during the Variety Screening Series presented by Vudu.

Pachner plays Franziska Jägerstätter, the wife of Franz Jägerstätter (August Diehl), a real-life conscientious objector to the German army who was executed. Pachner says although the film was shot in 2016, Malick knew it would still be relevant today.

“It’s three years ago and I guess you could feel some things in the air, but it’s kind of shocking how fast those tendencies are getting stronger,” she said. “It’s sort of timely and it’s also timeless. You should just never forget about this time. As much as it informs nowadays life in Europe, it informs life in America.”