Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe (Vor der Morgenröte)
Directed by Maria Schrader 106 minutes
Germany, France, Austria. 2016 (released in the US in 2017). In German, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish with English subtitles. Starring Josef Hader, Barbara Sukowa, Aenne Schwarz, Matthias Brandt, Charly Hübner
Winner of the People's Choice Award 2017 at the European Film Awards.
Austria's official entry to the 2017 Academy Awards®: This emotionally powerful film explores the painful dilemma of whether to speak out or remain silent in the face of tyranny. Stefan Zweig: Farewell To Europe tells the story of the Austrian writer and his life in exile from 1936 to 1942. Stefan Zweig was a cosmopolitan, a pacifist and a bonafide literary star. A contemporary of Freud, Dali and Theodore Herzl, he was, for a time, the most-translated writer in Europe. Foreseeing Europes decline at an early stage, Zweig left his native country in 1934, never to return from exile. Distracted, and emotionally and financially depleted by his wanderings, Zweig and his second young wife, Lotte, moved between Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, New York, and Petrópolis; all the while trying to make sense of the state of the world, and his own personal existence. From German Director Maria Schrader (In Darkness, Aimée & Jaguar), this timely drama powerfully recounts Zweigs final years in exile.
- 2016 Locarno International Film Festival, Switzerland (Piazza Grande)
2017 Berlin & Beyond Film Festival, San Francisco (Audience Award – Gala)
- 2017 Palm Springs International Film Festival
About the Film's Director
One of Germany's most acclaimed actresses, Maria Schrader is a two-time winner of the German Film Award and two-time winner of the Bavarian Film Award. She has worked with directors such as Margarethe von Trotta, Doris Dörrie (“Nobody Loves Me”), Hans W. Geissendörfer, Peter Greenaway, Rajko Grilic and Agnieszka Holland (“In Darkness”). In 1999, at the Berlinale, she received the Silver Bear for Best Actress in “Aimée & Jaguar”, a big hit in the United States and around the world, directed by Max Färberböck. Recently, she thrilled television audiences in the award - winning and internationally renowned series "Deutschland 83" (2015). Maria co-directed “The Giraffe” with Dani Levy (1998). Her debut as a director “Love Life” was shot in Israel in 2007 and was based on Zeruya Shalev’s novel by the same title. The film premiered at the Festa del Cinema in Rome in 2007. “Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe” is her second feature as a director, she was nominated for Best Director at the German Film Awards this year.
Sat., Dec. 16, 2017 at 4:00 PM Central Valley Premiere
Janet Leigh Theatre, Stockton
Director: Maria Schrader Producers: Stefan Arndt, Uwe Schott Writers: Maria Schrader, Jan Schomburg Cinematographer: Wolfgang Thaler Editor: Hansjörg Weißbrich