The Public's Choice Award for European feature films in German cinemas engaging migration, integration and cultural diversity goes to STEFAN ZWEIG - FAREWELL TO EUROPE.
The audience prize for European feature films in German cinemas that address the issues of migration, integration and cultural diversity has been awarded for 2017 to “Vor der Morgenröte” [“Stefan Zweig - Farewell to Europe”]. Directed by Maria Schrader, the film shows four stations in the exile of the Austrian writer Stefan Zweig. At the height of his worldwide fame, Zweig is forced to emigrate and despairs at the coming downfall of Europe, which he foresees at an early stage. A deep historical examination of the topic of flight, which is also highly topical. For the jury it is a “sensual-opulent historical drama in subtle tones about a great artist in exile”. The intense filmic narrative contains “great actors”.
The prize is awarded for European films in German cinemas on the theme of migration, integration, racism and discrimination. Participation is open to all film productions from the EU and Switzerland. Applications or submissions are not possible. Several prominent experts acting as trustees nominate five films for a public vote on the Internet. The selection process takes place exclusively on the Internet. The film with the most online votes will be the winner.