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ACFNY SUPPORTED | FILM FESTIVAL
Still from Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe  

ACFNY SUPPORTED | FILM FESTIVAL

CHICAGO EUROPEAN UNION FILM FESTIVAL

FRIDAY MAR 17, - MONDAY MAR 27

From March 3 through 30, the Gene Siskel Film Center welcomes you to their 20th Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival. The largest festival in the nation showcasing films of the European Union nations, this anniversary festival presents Chicago premieres of 62 new feature films representing all 28 EU nations.

The festival sparkles with new and daring work by some of Europe’s most renowned directors, including: Olivier Assayas (PERSONAL SHOPPER); the Dardennes brothers (THE UNKNOWN GIRL); Doris Dörrie (GREETINGS FROM FUKUSHIMA); Bruno Dumont (SLACK BAY); Eugène Green (THE SON OF JOSEPH); Szabolcs Hajdu (IT’S NOT THE TIME OF MY LIFE); Joachim Lafosse (AFTER LOVE); Sergei Loznitsa (AUSTERLITZ); François Ozon (FRANTZ); and João Pedro Rodrigues (THE ORNITHOLOGIST).

Films selected to represent their respective nations in the Academy Awards competition for Best Foreign Film include: STEFAN ZWEIG: FAREWELL TO EUROPE (Austria); LOSERS (Bulgaria); ON THE OTHER SIDE (Croatia); DAWN (Latvia); TONIO (Netherlands); and EVA NOVÁ (Slovakia).  A full one-fifth of this year’s festival films are directed by women, including CEZANNE AND ME (France) by Danièle Thompson, SAMI BLOOD (Sweden) by Amanda Kernell, TONIO (Netherlands) by Paula van der Oest, and MASTER AND TATYANA (Lithuania) by Giedrė Žickytė.

Guests will be present for audience discussions at selected screenings. Renowned German actress Barbara Sukowa and director Maria Schrader will participate in audience discussions via Skype at the March 17 screening of STEFAN ZWEIG: FAREWELL TO EUROPE.  The discussion will be moderated by Sara Hall, associate professor of Germanic Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago. 


SCREENINGS

STEFAN ZWEIG: FAREWELL TO EUROPE
(VOR DER MORGENRÖTE)
2016, Maria Schrader, Austria/Germany, 106 min.
Friday, March 17, 8:00 pm
Saturday, March 18, 4:00 pm

EGON SCHIELE: DEATH AND THE MAIDEN
(EGON SHIELE: TOD UND MÄDCHEN)
2016, Dieter Berner, Austria/Luxembourg, 110 min.
Saturday, March 25, 3:30 pm
Monday, March 27, 6:00 pm

 

ABOUT THE FILMS 

STEFAN ZWEIG: FAREWELL TO EUROPE

The exile years of Jewish-Austrian writer Stefan Zweig (Hader), leading up to his suicide with his second wife Lotte (Aenne Schwarz) in Brazil in 1942, are chronicled in six symbolic segments illustrating a crisis of conscience that never abated. Abandoning his beloved Austria in 1934, at the height of his worldwide fame, Zweig is seen fomenting controversy among fellow writers for declining to denounce the Hitler regime, even as he establishes a new life in the safety of Latin America, a continent he comes to love. Zweig’s ex-wife and confidante (Sukowa) takes a pivotal role in deepening the burden of pain, when others look to her as an intermediary to secure his help. 

In German, English, Portuguese, French, and Spanish with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen.  

EGON SCHIELE: DEATH AND THE MAIDEN

The scandal-plagued life and premature death of Austrian figurative artist Egon Schiele, famed for his raw and sinuous nudes, is portrayed with emphasis on the intersection of his sexual proclivities and his work in this lush screen biography. The film opens in 1918, as Schiele lies mortally ill from the Spanish flu, his pregnant wife already dead. The narrative of this contentious career plays out in flashback, beginning with a close and implied incestuous relationship with younger sister Gerti, his first muse. The film’s portrayal of his tumultuous liaison with Wally Neuzil, the young model he wooed away from mentor Gustav Klimt, and his trial for the alleged seduction of an underage girl, lead up to an ultimate heartless betrayal of Wally, the subject of his most renowned painting. 

In German with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. 

 

For more information about the festival and tickets please click here.

VENUE
Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago
164 N State Street, Chicago, IL 60601