Stefan Zweig, Farewell to Europe is from director Maria Schrader. Schrader wrote and directed this story of Stefan Zweig, the Austrian Jewish writer and his life while in exile from 1936 to 1942.
The film’s description states, “Stefan Zweig (next to Thomas Mann) was the most-translated German-speaking writer of his time, but having been driven into emigration at the peak of his worldwide fame, Zweig falls into despair at the sight of Europe’s downfall, which he had anticipated early on. Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, New York, Petrópolis are four stations in Stefan Zweig’s exile, which despite offering him safe refuge and overwhelming tropical nature, won’t help him find peace and won’t be able to replace his home.”
Stefan Zweig, Farewell to Europe is the story of a refugee, a tale of losing one’s home and of the search for a new one. At the same time, it is a film about a time in which Europe was coming apart. Zweig said, “He who fails to understand the past does not truly understand anything,” a quote relevant to both this film and to current events in both Europe and the U.S.
Josef Hader plays Stefan Zweig. Aenne Schwarz plays his 2nd wife Lotte. His first wife Friderike is played by Barbara Sukowa.
The film is in German, English, Portuguese, French and Spanish with English subtitles. The film opens in NYC on May 12, 2017. The film has already won awards in Europe for the actors and the director.