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Never Look Away

Directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
2018
Germany
189 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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Inspired – controversially – by the life of German artist Gerhard Richter, this Oscar-nominated epic, from the director of The Lives of Others, recounts a remarkable love story.

With some of Germany’s finest actors and an incredibly dramatic story, filmmaker Henckel von Donnersmarck does a fascinating job of carefully intertwining the romance with three key eras of pre- and post-WWII German history. At the story’s centre is a beautiful and tragic love story beginning when Kurt (Tom Schilling, Oh Boy, SFF 2013) falls for fellow student Ellie (Paula Beer, Transit, SFF 2018; Frantz). Though the pair are very much in love, Ellie’s father Professor Seeband (Sebastian Koch, The Lives of Others) objects to the relationship and is determined to break them up. What Seeband doesn’t realise, though, is that their lives are already inextricably connected through history.  This great love, and Germany’s seismic upheavals, together guide Kurt to his illustrious artistic path.

Mesmerizing, compulsively watchable … this meditation on art, memory and meaning is yet another deep-dive into the postwar psyche of the filmmaker’s native Germany.
Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post

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Original Title
Werk ohne Autor
Year
2018
Classification
Unclassified 15+
Country
Germany
Language
In German with English subtitles
Director
Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Producer
Jan Mojto, Quirin Berg, Max Wiedemann, Christiane Henckel von Donnersmarck
Cast
Tom Schilling, Sebastian Koch, Paula Beer
Screenwriter
Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Cinematographer
Caleb Deschanel
Editor
Patricia Rommel, BFS
Program Strand
First Films Announced
Company Credits
Distributor: Sony Pictures Releasing
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