Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe
A timely depiction of the exile years of great Austrian-Jewish writer Stefan Zweig.
This screening is part of: CINEMA JUDAICA II
Post-show discussion with Nancy Blake (UIUC Comparative & World Literature)
Austrian-Jewish writer Stefan Zweig is one of the most widely read German-language authors when the Nazis’ rise to power forces him into exile. His books are quickly banned in Germany, and soon in Austria as well. STEFAN ZWEIG: FAREWELL TO EUROPE episodically tells the story of Zweig while in exile from 1936 to 1942. Zweig and his wife find themselves in the Americas, traveling from Buenos Aires to New York to Brazil, struggling to find the right response to the rise of the Nazis’ at home and to find a home for themselves in the new world. Despite the warm acceptance and an overwhelmingly beautiful tropical setting, Zweig remains uneasy and restless. This is the story of a refugee, of the loss of the old and the search for a new home in a time when all of Europe was fleeing. (2016, Maria Schrader, Germany/France/Austria, NR, 106 min, DCP, Eng subs)
“Much of the feature’s quietly accumulated emotional power derives from the fact that viewers have to connect some of the dots themselves. Indeed, just like in the subject’s own work, the imagination of the audience is as important an ingredient for the final result as what is actually written or suggested.” -The Hollywood Reporter
“Josef Hader [gives] one of the great performances of recent years.” -Village Voice
“The film hovers between being a straight-up biopic of Zweig and a diagnosis of neoliberalism’s recent ceding to neofascist policy and nationalistic fervor.” -Slant Magazine
CINEMA JUDAICA II is presented by the Champaign-Urbana Jewish Federation and supported by the Dr. Samuel and Sadie Small Fund for Jewish Arts and Culture of the CU Jewish Endowment Foundation.