“One brush with destiny, and the painter comes alive.” Anthony Lane, The New Yorker.
Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (The Lives of Others, 2006) returns with an Oscar-nominated drama about individuals caught up in the sweep of German history. Loosely based on the formative years of the world-renowned painter Gerhard Richter, Never Look Away is an intergenerational tale of love, sorrow, art and politics from Nazism through to the Cold War.
In 1937, at the Nazi Party notorious “degenerate art” exhibition in Dresden, a small boy named Kurt’s passion for art is ignited. Years later, in Communist East Germany, Kurt (Tom Schilling) enters art college where he falls in love with fashion student Ellie (Paula Beer), unaware that her father (Sebastian Koch) has a devastating secret and is determined to end their relationship.
Venice Film Festival 2018
Toronto International Film Festival 2018
Edinburgh International Film Festival 2019
Winner, Best Film, Venice Film Awards 2018.
Best Foreign Language Film of the Year, Academy Awards, USA 2019
Golden Globe, Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language, Golden Globes, USA 2019
★★ “Never Look Away is not without ambition and reach, and there is a real storytelling impulse.” Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian.
★★★½“…there’s something very gratifying about watching an artist discover what he wants to say and how he wants to say it, even when cramped by the society in which he lives.” Sheila O’Malley, RogerEbert.com