Director: Maria Schrader
Cast: Tómas Lemarquis, Barbara Sukowa, Josef Hader
106min – German, English, Portuguese, French Spanish with English Subtitles (2016)
Actress-come-director Maria Schrader’s second feature film recounts the last years of Austrian novelist and playwright, Stefan Zweig’s life, which he spent exiled in the Americas, away from the war together with his wife. The agony of being uprooted is as present in the ailing author’s life as the abhorrence of meaningless counter-gestures and the sense of powerlessness in the face of fascism.
Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe was Austria’s entry to the Oscar for Best Foreign Film. The film won Schrader the award for Best Direction at the Bavarian Film Awards (2017) and Josef Hader the award for Best Actor by the German Film Critics Association (2017).