Film Series

Neuland/ New Beginnings

Mondays, September 18, 25 + October 2

Williams College Center for Foreign Languages German Austrian Film Festival

The three films focus on crisis situations that result in life-changing moves. The first two films investigate exile from Nazi Germany in South America and Turkey. The third film thematizes gay first love and a young man's dramatic family history.


Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe/ Vor der Morgenröte

Starring: Josef Hader, Aenne Schwarz, Barbara Sukowa

In German with 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.

  • Director: Maria Schrader
  • Runtime: 1 hour 46 minutes
  • Genre: Drama

“Intellectually involving and strikingly made.”

– Los Angeles Times



This screening is the US Premiere!

German and Turkish with English subtitles

Haymatloz tells the stories of five German Jewish academics who emigrated to Turkey in the 1930s, to be welcomed with open arms. After 1933 a considerable number of German intellectuals emigrated to Turkey at the invitation of Atatürk and went on to definitively shape teaching and instruction in Turkish universities. Turkish-born filmmaker Önsöz accompanies the descendants of these German exiles and sheds light on a memorable piece of history whose meaning is still felt to this day, as these renowned Germans played a substantial role in the Europeanization of Turkey.

  • Director: Eren Önsöz
  • Runtime: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary


Center of My World/ Die Mitte der Welt

Starring: Bendix Hansen, Sarah Fuhrer, Louis Hofmann

In German with English subtitles

Love is at the center of Phil’s world, and it’s really screwing things up for him. Whether it’s love for his slightly loony mother Glass and his fraternal twin Diane (who suddenly aren’t speaking), love for his gorgeous new boyfriend Nicholas (who may not love him back), or love for his best friend Kat (who may have eyes for Nicholas), love is making a royal mess of everything. With such adorably dysfunctional and odd people around him to set highly questionable examples, what is a gentle and trusting young soul like Phil supposed to do when all hell breaks loose? CENTER OF MY WORLD skips gleefully from past to present, bringing Phil up to this point in his off-kilter fairytale life. It’s a bright, colorful whirl of images that reveals both fantastic patterns and a deeply human story. Joyful, funny, and sometimes sad, this film is for everyone who has ever looked for love, who has found it, or who can’t figure out exactly what to do with it.

  • Director: Jakob M. Erwa
  • Runtime: 1 hour 55 minutes
  • Genre: Drama

“Refreshingly candid and admirably complex.”

– Hollywood Reporter

The Department of German-Russian, The Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Williams College, The Embassy of the Federal Republic of German in Washington, DC, The Austrian Cultural Forum New York, and The Dively Committee for Human Sexuality and Diversity of Williams College