Vor der Morgenröte
Director: Maria Schrader
Writer: Maria Schrader, Jan Schomburg
Cast: Josef Hader, Aenne Schwarz, Barbara Sukowa, Matthias Brandt, Charly Hübner, Tómas Lemarquis, Lenn Kudrjawizki, Harvey Friedman, Nicolau Breyner, Ivan Shvedoff, André Szymanski, Valerie Pachner, Daniel Puente Encina
Seen on: 16.6.2016
Stefan Zweig (Josef Hader) is a successful writer of wide renown. As an Austrian Jew, he decided to leave Europe behind after Hitler’s rise to power and now lives in Brazil with his wife Lotte (Aenne Schwarz). But the political situation in Europe follows him even into his exile, as people all seem to expect something of him, a statement, taking position, outright help – and Zweig really doesn’t know how to handle this pressure as his attempts to distance himself from everything continue to fail.
Vor der Morgenröte captures an awkward, uncomfortable atmosphere perfectly and tells a World War 2 story from a perspective that is unusual, and definitely fascinating.