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Sat. Feb. 4, 2017 7:45 PM
Castro Theatre, San Francisco
Northern California Premiere - Centerpiece Film
In Person: Director/Screenwriter Maria Schrader
106 mins. Germany, Austria, France (2016). DCP Projection. German, English, Portuguese, French, Spanish w/ English subtitles.
Director: Maria Schrader
Starring: Josef Hader, Barbara Sukowa, Aenne Schwarz, Matthias Brandt
Screenplay: Maria Schrader, Jan Schomburg
Cinematography: Wolfgang Thaler
Editor: Hansjörg Weissbrich, BFS
Producer: Stefan Arndt
U.S. Distributor: First Run Features, New York City

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Austria’s Official Entry to the 2017 Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film.
Maria Schrader’s drama Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe episodically tells the story of Austrian writer Stefan Zweig and his life in exile between 1936-42. Having been driven into emigration at the peak of his worldwide fame, Stefan Zweig falls into despair at the sight of Europe’s downfall, which he had anticipated early on. It’s the story of a refugee, a tale of losing one’s homeland, and of the search for a new one.

Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, New York, Petrópolis are four stations of an expatriate unable to find peace. Despite the generous welcome and the overwhelming opulence of tropical vegetation he encounters, nothing can replace his homeland. Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe is a visually stunning historic picture about a great artist and, at the same time, a film about a time in which Europe was coming apart.

Premiered at the 2016 Locarno Film Festival in the Piazza Grande section.

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Community Outreach Partner: Open Austria