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Never Look Away (2018)

Werk ohne Autor (original title)
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German artist Kurt Barnert has escaped East Germany and now lives in West Germany, but is tormented by his childhood under the Nazis and the GDR-regime.
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Schilling ... Kurt Barnert
Sebastian Koch ... Professor Carl Seeband
Paula Beer ... Ellie Seeband
Saskia Rosendahl ... Elisabeth May
Oliver Masucci ... Professor Antonius van Verten
Hanno Koffler ... Günther Preusser
Cai Cohrs Cai Cohrs ... Kurt Barnert 6 Jahre
Evgeniy Sidikhin ... NKWD Major Murawjow
Ulrike C. Tscharre ... Frau Hellthaler
Jörg Schüttauf ... Johann Barnert
Jeanette Hain ... Waltraut Barnert
Hans-Uwe Bauer Hans-Uwe Bauer ... Professor Horst Grimma
Ina Weisse Ina Weisse ... Martha Seeband
Lars Eidinger ... Ausstellungsführer Heiner Kerstens
Johanna Gastdorf ... Großmutter Malvine
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Storyline

Young artist Kurt Barnert (Tom Schilling) has fled to West-Germany, but he continues to be tormented by the experiences he made in his childhood and youth in the Nazi years and during the GDR-regime. When he meets the student Ellie (Paula Beer), he is convinced that he has met the love of his life and begins to create paintings that mirror not only his own fate, but also the traumas of an entire generation. Written by Wiedemann & Berg Film

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Rated R for graphic nudity, sexuality and brief violent images | See all certifications »

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German | Russian

Release Date:

3 October 2018 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Work Without Author See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Gross USA:

$1,304,042

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,177,369
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Kurt's art teacher, played by Oliver Masucci, is modeled on the artist Joseph Beuys. Beuys was the head of sculpture at the Kunstakadamie in Dusseldorf during the early 60s. This was at the time Gerhard Richter first enrolled. See more »

Goofs

The signage on the pillar on the left to the stair in the Düsseldorf women's hospital says "Chirugie" where it correctly should be "Chirurgie". See more »

Quotes

Kurt Barnert: I do it because I can.
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Featured in The Oscars (2019) See more »

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The Cold Song
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Arranged by Jonathan Cobert
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What is truth in art?
9 September 2018 | by chong_anSee all my reviews

Inspired by the life of one artist and stories by others, this tale of fiction asks artists what is their truth, and how they are able to reveal it. Along the way, it shows how Nazi and Soviet art have strong similarities in their realisms, while modern art can be conceptual jokes.

The humans are 2 families who, if they knew, were on opposite sides during the Nazi era. The artist / husband's father suffered both ways as joining the Nazis too late, while his beloved aunt was sent away by his father-in-law, eventually to the gas chambers. But the father-in-law spends his post-war life in fear of Nazi hunters, even as he hides in plain sight.

Featuring a strong cast and realistic sets, this is a strong movie. Still, from the director's Q+A from the Toronto International Film Festival, the idea of subjective truth that also infuses the film can be a distraction.


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