Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe
Vor der Morgenröte
2016, Maria Schrader, Austria/Germany, 106 min. With Josef Hader, Barbara Sukowa.
- Fri, Jul 21st 2:00pm
- Fri, Jul 21st 7:45pm
- Sat, Jul 22nd 3:00pm
- Sun, Jul 23rd 5:15pm
- Mon, Jul 24th 7:45pm
- Tue, Jul 25th 6:00pm
- Wed, Jul 26th 7:45pm
- Thu, Jul 27th 6:00pm
"This is Hader’s movie. His is one of the great performances of recent years." — Ali Arikan, Village Voice
"Maria Schrader's boldly understated look at a great, forgotten 20th-century writer is one impressive achievement, all the more admirable for its understated subtlety." — David Noh, Film Journal International
The exile years of Jewish Austrian writer Stefan Zweig (Hader), leading up to his suicide with his second wife Lotte (Aenne Schwarz) in Brazil in 1942, are chronicled in six symbolic segments illustrating a crisis of conscience that never abated. Abandoning his beloved Austria in 1934, at the height of his worldwide fame, Zweig is seen fomenting controversy among fellow writers for declining to denounce the Hitler regime, even as he establishes a new life in the safety of Latin America, a continent he comes to love. Zweig’s ex-wife and confidante (Sukowa) takes a pivotal role in deepening the burden of pain, when others look to her as an intermediary to secure his help. In German, English, Portuguese, French, and Spanish with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)
Wednesday, July 27: This screening is a Movie Club event facilitated by Sara Hall, Associate Professor in the Department of Germanic Studies at UIC.