The Farewell


1h 31m 2000

Brief Synopsis

It is one of the last days of an exceptionally hot summer. Bertolt Brecht is about to leave his lakeside house among the tall birches in Brandenburg to return to Berlin for the upcoming theater season. Most of the women in his life are there: his wife Helene Weigel, daughter Barbara, the old lover R

Film Details

Also Known As
Abschied - Brechts letzter Sommer, Abschied Brechts Letzter Sommer, Abschied aus Buckow, Farewell
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2000
Distribution Company
New Yorker Films

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 31m

Synopsis

It is one of the last days of an exceptionally hot summer. Bertolt Brecht is about to leave his lakeside house among the tall birches in Brandenburg to return to Berlin for the upcoming theater season. Most of the women in his life are there: his wife Helene Weigel, daughter Barbara, the old lover Ruth Berlau, his latest flame, the nubile actress Kathe Reichel and the sensuous Isot Kilian, whose affections and body he shares with the rebel political activist Wolfgang Harich. They swim, write, eat, drink and philosophize about art, politics, the basic tenets of life - and throughout, the Stasi is there - lurking on the sidelines - waiting. Nostalgia and hope, jealousy and tenderness, betrayal and trust vie with one another during this final act of his life.

Film Details

Also Known As
Abschied - Brechts letzter Sommer, Abschied Brechts Letzter Sommer, Abschied aus Buckow, Farewell
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2000
Distribution Company
New Yorker Films

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 31m

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Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States May 2000

Released in United States November 2000

Released in United States on Video July 19, 2005

Released in United States September 2000

Released in United States Winter January 16, 2002

Shown at Cannes International Film Festival (Un Certain Regard) May 10-21, 2000.

Shown at London Film Festival (Cinema Europe) November 1-16, 2000.

Shown at Toronto International Film Festival (Contemporary World Cinema) September 7-16, 2000.

Released in United States Winter January 16, 2002 (NY)

Released in United States May 2000 (Shown at Cannes International Film Festival (Un Certain Regard) May 10-21, 2000.)

Released in United States on Video July 19, 2005

Released in United States September 2000 (Shown at Toronto International Film Festival (Contemporary World Cinema) September 7-16, 2000.)

Released in United States November 2000 (Shown at London Film Festival (Cinema Europe) November 1-16, 2000.)