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Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe

(Vor der Morgenröte - Stefan Zweig in Amerika)
Germany/Austria/France 2016. Dir: Maria Schrader. 106 min. DCP

German actress-turned-filmmaker Maria Schrader (star of 1999’s Aimee & Jaguar) directs a handsome, thoughtful dramatization of the tragic final years of Austrian writer Stefan Zweig, one of the world’s most popular authors in the pre-WWII period (and, recently, the inspiration for Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel). Zweig, a secular Jew and pacifist, loved life in cosmopolitan Vienna. With the coming of Hitler, he fled Europe for an unhappy exile in the Americas, finally settling in Brazil. Austrian actor Josef Hader impresses in the title role; Fassbinder star Barbara Sukowa plays Zweig’s first wife and moral conscience. Schrader’s film represents Germany in our EUFF but was Austria’s official submission to last year’s Oscars. “This is Hader’s movie. His is one of the great performances of recent years” (Ali Arikan, Village Voice). In German, Portuguese, French, and Spanish with English subtitles.