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 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 (as Evgeny Sidikhin)
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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One of three foreign language films to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Cinematography in the same year, the other two being Roma (2018) and Cold War (2018). This is the first time in Oscar history that three out of the five nominees were foreign films. All three films were also nominated for Best Foreign Language Film. See more »

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When Kurt started the painting of him and Elisabeth, there were no grid lines. When he was almost done with the painting, grid lines are now visible. See more »

Quotes

NKWD Major Murawjow: If my child were born with health problems, should it be put to death?
Professor Carl Seeband: It so happens that space and resources on this earth are limited. Who should have them? The healthy or the sick?
NKWD Major Murawjow: Soon there will be one more place available on this earth.
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Featured in The 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2019 (2019) See more »

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De torrente in via bibet [Dixit Dominus, HWV 232]
Composed by George Frideric Handel (as Händel)
Performed by Angela Kazimierczuk, Katherine Fuge, Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner
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1 November 2020 | by KirpianuscusSee all my reviews

It is one of films who you just feel. Only feel. Because it is about family, past, Nazi regime, cold adaptation to the new realities, love, cinism and survive, art, truth and parenthood, about happiness and about be yourself. A beautiful film, many memorable scenes, great Sebastian Koch and Tom Willing and the fair story. And, no doubts, magnificent portraits . A film who, if you are real honest to yourself, can be only about you.


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Germany | Italy

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German | Russian

Release Date:

3 October 2018 (Germany) See more »

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Berlin, Germany See more »

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Gross USA:

$1,304,042

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,193,234
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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