"THREE LIVES -
FRIDERIKE, LOTTE AND STEFAN ZWEIG"
In 1941 the writer, Stefan Zweig, arrived in New York accompanied by his second wife, Lotte. To write his autobiography, "The World of Yesterday", he turned to his exwife, Friderike, for moral support. Zweig's relationship with his current and former wives, and his acclaimed autobiography, form the basis of the film - a dramatic recount of his last ten years. For Zweig, Austrian and jew, the cultural and social collapse of Europe and the relentless persecution of his faith forced him from Salzburg into exile in London, then Nice, Bath and New York. It was just before his untimely death by his own hand.
Semi-documentary filmnovella, 52 minutes, color, Betacam SP/16mm, German and English version.
Financial support: Bundesministerium für Unterricht und Kunst, Austria.
City and country Salzburg, Austria
Landesregierung Upper Austria
EG-MEDIA-Project BABEL: English version
Festivals and special events:
8. Internationales Dokumentarfilmfestival Munich 1993.
Euro Aim Screenings Donastia 1993, Spain.
DIAGONALE Austrian Filmfestival Salzburg 1993
Austrian Cultural Institute, New York 1993
International ART FILM Festival Trencianske Teplice, Slovak Republic 1994
Television: Israel und Slovenia