Filmnacht / Movie Night

  • 7:30 p.m. / 19.30 UhrAdmission: Members: $10 •  General Public: $15-20, no one turned away for lack of funds.

  • Normalerweise jeden vierten Samstag alle zwei Monate, Gerlind Institute for Cultural Studies, Oakland. Seating limited. Usually, on the fourth Saturday every other month, we're screening a German, or German-related, film. We are showing popular or little-known film gems (usually in German with English subtitles), followed by a moderated discussion.

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December 22, 2018 •  7:30 p.m.
Filmnacht Donation

Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe
2017 | Maria Schrader 
RSVP by December 19, 2018

Josef Hader as the the title character in “Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe.”

“The Austrian writer Stefan Zweig was internationally popular in the 1920s and ’30s. His works continue to be adapted into films (the 1948 picture Letter From an Unknown Woman is the best of these), but his current literary reputation is muddled; in 2010, the esteemed translator Michael Hofmann wrote, “There is something touchingly wrong about Zweig.

Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe, a handsome, scrupulously serious film directed by Maria Schrader from a script she wrote with Jan Schomburg, hardly deals at all with Zweig’s writing. But the movie does grapple with his thought, particularly his position on a writer’s proper place in tumultuous times. The movie begins at a PEN conference in Buenos Aires, where a fellow writer c onfronts Zweig about his refusal to condemn Hitler and Germany. “Every gesture of resistance which is void of either risk or impact is nothing but a cry for recognition,” Zweig insists.

Zweig himself struggles to resist a continuing sense of despair while in exile in New York, then back in Brazil, as World War II rages in what seems to be another world — Zweig and his family and friends are always depicted in a kind of isolation.

Zweig is played beautifully by the Austrian actor Josef Hader; looking at him here one would never guess he began his career as a comedian. Barbara Sukowa is unsurprisingly great as Friderike, Zweig’s ex-wife and conscience, trying to raise an increasingly self-pitying Zweig to recognize and act on his own compassion. One need not admire Zweig’s writing to recognize the worth of this thoughtful treatment of one of the countless real-life tragedies of 20th-century history.” (Glenn Kenny, New York Times)

1 hour 46 minutes. German, Portuguese, French, English and Spanish, with English subtitles.