Austrian Jewish intellectual Stefan Zweig (1881-1942), one of the most read German-language writers of his time, left his homeland with the rise of Hitler and spent years in exile, traveling between Buenos Aires, New York and Brazil.
Actress-turned-director Maria Schrader (the radiant star of Aimée & Jaguar) tells the story of those exile years in five chapters and an epilogue, crafting an exquisite second feature. She focuses on Zweig's struggles to find the right stance towards events in Nazi Germany, while searching for a home in the New World.
"What makes the work of Schrader and co-screenwriter Jan Schomburg psychologically insightful and also pack a serious emotional wallop is their smart choice to focus on a handful of specific moments, rather than opting for a more traditional bio-drama structure that tries to cram in a much larger chronology ... Much of the feature's quietly accumulated emotional power derives from the fact that viewers have to connect some of the dots themselves." Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter
|Original Language Title:||Vor Der Morgenröte – Stefan Zweig In Amerika|
|Running Time:||106 minutes|
|Producers:||Stefan Arndt, Danny Krausz, Denis Poncet|
|Principal Cast:||Josef Hader, Barbara Sukowa, Aenne Schwarz, Matthias Brandt, Charly Hübner|
|Screenwriter:||Maria Schrader, Jan Schomburg|