Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe
Sunday Apr 09 06:45 PM
Doris Duke Theatre
About the Film:
Part of Berlin & Beyond Honolulu 2017
Directed by Maria Schrader. Starring Josef Hader, Barbara Sukowa, Aenne Schwarz, Matthias Brandt. Germany, Austria, France. 2016. 106 min. German, English, Portuguese, French, Spanish with English subtitles.
Austria’s Official entry to the 2017 Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film.
Actress-turned director Maria Schrader’s drama episodically tells the story of Austrian writer Stefan Zweig and his life in exile between 1936 and 1942. With his books banned in Germany and National Socialists on the rise in Austria, Zweig fled his homeland for London, and then the Americas in 1934. He falls into despair at the sight of Europe’s downfall, which he had anticipated early on. Schrader’s psychologically insightful film is the story of a refugee, a tale of losing one’s homeland, and of the search for a new one as Zweig attempts to find peace in Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, New York, and Petrópolis. Despite the generous welcomes and beautiful scenery he encounters, nothing can replace his Heimatland, and in 1942 he and his second wife commit a double suicide. Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe is a visually stunning historic picture about a great artist and, at the same time, about a time in which Europe was coming apart.
Austria’s Official Entry to the 2017 Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film.