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Chicago European Union Film Festival 2017
Chicago premiere! Maria Schrader via Skype!

Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe

Vor der Morgenröte

2016, Maria Schrader, Austria/Germany, 106 min. With Josef Hader, Barbara Sukowa.

Show Times

  • Fri, Mar 17th 8:00pm
  • Sat, Mar 18th 4:00pm

“Extraordinary…psychologically insightful…the imagination of the audience is as important an ingredient for the final result as what is actually written or suggested.” — Boyd van Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter

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. Courtesy of First Run Features. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)

MARCH 17: On Friday, director Maria Schrader, and tentatively actress Barbara Sukowa, will be present via Skype in an audience discussion moderated by Sara Hall, Associate Professor of Germanic Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago.

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