Never Look Away

Directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
189 minutes
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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.
Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (Oscar winner for The Lives of Others) takes a vast view of German history, over three eras, in this remarkable love story inspired by the life of revered artist Gerhard Richter.

The film follows Kurt from his childhood in Nazi Germany, to his life as a young artist (now played by Tom Schilling, Oh Boy, SFF 2013) trained to capture the bravery of the working class of East Germany, to someone struggling to find his particular artistic vision when he enjoys freedom of expression in West Germany. At the story's centre is a beautiful and tragic love story, beginning when Kurt falls in love with fellow student Ellie (Paula Beer, Transit, SFF 2018; Frantz). Though very much in love, Ellie's father Professor Seeband (Sebastian Koch, The Lives of Others) objects to the relationship and is determined to bring it to an end.

With two of Germany's finest young actors, and an incredibly dramatic story, Donnersmarck carefully intertwines the romance with three key eras of German history in a fascinating way. At the same time, we witness how this love, and this history, affect Kurt as an artist who finally finds his own true path.

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Please note online bookings end Thu 15 August, 5pm. After this time tickets are sold at the venue, subject to availability.
Mesmerizing, compulsively watchable...this meditation on art, memory and meaning is yet another deep-dive into the postwar psyche of the filmmakers native Germany.
Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post


Sat 17 August
Majestic Cinemas Port Macquarie
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In German with English subtitles
Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
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