Never Look Away
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.