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Werk ohne Autor (2018)

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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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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
Cai Cohrs Cai Cohrs ... Kurt Barnert 6 Jahre
Ina Weisse Ina Weisse ... Martha Seeband
Evgeniy Sidikhin ... NKWD Major Murawjow
Mark Zak Mark Zak ... Dolmetscher Murawjow
Ulrike C. Tscharre ... Frau Hellthaler
Bastian Trost Bastian Trost ... Hausarzt Dr. Franz Michaelis
Hans-Uwe Bauer Hans-Uwe Bauer ... Professor Horst Grimma
Hanno Koffler ... Günther Preusser
David Schütter David Schütter ... Adrian Schimmel / Finck
Franz Pätzold Franz Pätzold ... Max Seifert
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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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Germany | Italy

Language:

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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$316,695, 21 February 2019
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Dolby Digital

Color:

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Official submission of Germany for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 91th Academy Awards in 2019. See more »

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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 »

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Featured in 76th Golden Globe Awards (2019) See more »

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worthwhile but overdone
22 February 2019 | by jbarrow-27014See all my reviews

Florian von Donnersmarck's first film, "The Lives of Others", is my favorite film of the past 20 years, a true masterpiece. After hearing friends rave about "Never Look Away" I saw it this afternoon and was somewhat less impressed. The opening scenes--about an hour--are truly brilliant (I'm referring to the story-telling quality). From then on the movie is very leisurely as it continues to tell the story of the artist's life. I felt the middle section, when he is an art student, is much too long. Also, I found the evil character (Sebastian Koch) to be the most compelling, yet his story peters out without us getting a sense of what became of him, why he was so evil, and how he managed to elude capture. The theme that finding truthful expression in art allows the artist's wife to become pregnant was a bit of a cliche. It's a very good film, if too long.


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