Farewell to Europe

A film by Maria Schrader

106 minutes, color, 2016
In German, English, Portuguese, French & Spanish w/ English Subtitles

Stefan Zweig: Farewell To Europe tells the story of the Austrian writer and his life in exile from 1936 to 1942. Zweig was one of the most famous writers of his time, but as a Jewish intellectual he struggled to find the right stance towards the events in Nazi Germany. Driven to emigrate to South America at the peak of his worldwide fame, Zweig fell into despair at the sight of Europe’s downfall.

This visually stunning and emotionally powerful film explores what it means to be a refugee, and exposes the difficult decision to speak out or remain silent in the face of tyranny.

"A Masterpiece." - THE HUFFINGTON POST

"Beautifully captures the mysterious life of the once-famed author. Intellectually involving and strikingly made." - LOS ANGELES TIMES

"Critic's Pick! Excellent. Hader's is one of the great performances of recent years."- THE VILLAGE VOICE

On DVD November 21 | On iTunes November 7

A film by Kirk Simon

91 minutes, color, 2017

This new documentary by Academy Award-winning director Kirk Simon celebrates the centenary of the Pulitzers – the revered national award for excellence in journalism and the arts. The Pulitzers have had an immeasurable impact on American sensibility and beyond over the past 100 years. The riveting tales of the winning artists give an insider's view of how these pinnacles of achievement are selected and how the award has the power to change lives and communities. The diverse stories explored in the film relate to immigration, race, gender, and above all freedom of speech – all issues that are ever more relevant in America today.

Featuring interviews with notable prize recipients including authors, journalists, playwrights and musicians such as Toni Morrison, Michael Chabon, Junot Díaz, Tony Kushner, Paula Vogel, Carl Bernstein, Robert Caro, Nicholas Kristof, Thomas Friedman, David Remnick and Wynton Marsalis, the film also brings Pulitzer-winning works to life through readings by John Lithgow, Helen Mirren, Natalie Portman, Liev Schreiber, Martin Scorsese, and Yara Shahidi.

Interwoven with the stories and readings is the history of the man who created it. Joseph Pulitzer came to America to fight as a mercenary in the Civil War, made a fortune in publishing, and, upon his death in 1911, left money to Columbia University, a portion of which was used to establish the Pulitzer Prizes. First awarded in 1917, the iconic prizes represent the highest standards of integrity and excellence in the arts.

"Slick new doc...dazzling us with appearances by luminaries of journalism, belles lettres, and music."

"An enlightening new documentary. The bottom line in it is the importance of the free press and the fact that, at its core, investigative journalists hold individuals accountable for their actions." - WAMC RADIO

"Must-see. What can I say? I’m a print journalism sentimentalist. Yes, even now. Maybe especially now. So how can this film about the creation and history of journalism’s greatest nod not inspire?" - DENVER POST

On DVD November 21 | On iTunes November 7


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