Austria/ Germany 2016 (Drama)
Awards (selection): Bavarian Film Award 2016 (Best Director)
Festivals (selection): Locarno 2016 (Piazza Grande), Tallinn Black Nights 2016, Bengaluru 2017, Istanbul 2017
Director: Maria Schrader
Screenplay: Maria Schrader, Jan Schomburg
Cinematography: Wolfgang Thaler
Editor: Hansjörg Weißbrich
Music: Tobias Wagner
With: Josef Hader, Barbara Sukowa, Aenne Schwarz, Charly Hübner, Matthias Brandt
Producers: Stefan Arndt, Uwe Schott, Pierre-Olivier Bardet, Danny Krausz, Kurt Stocker, Denis Poncet
Duration: 106 mins
Language: German, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish (with English subtitles)
Rating: PG – Adult themes
Austrian author Stefan Zweig was a cosmopolitan, a pacifist and a bonafide literary star. A contemporary of Freud, Dali and Theodore Herzl, he was, for a time, the most-translated writer in Europe.
Foreseeing Europe’s decline at an early stage, Zweig left his native country in 1934, never to return from exile. Distracted, and emotionally and financially depleted by his wanderings, Zweig and his second young wife, Lotte, moved between Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, New York, and Petrópolis; all the while trying to make sense of the state of the world, and his own personal existence. From German Director Maria Schrader (In Darkness), this timely drama powerfully recounts Zweig’s final years in exile.
Text: Jewish International Film Festival
Screened in partnership with the Embassy of Austria, Canberra.