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 DDR-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
Cinematographer Caleb Deschanel was the only crew member who didn't speak German. He memorized an English translation of the script, and was thus able to understand the motivations and performances of the actors, despite not knowing exactly what they were saying. See more »
During the air raid on Dresden on February 13-14, 1945, there must have been snow (because of the cold winter at the time), when the hero watched the Avro Lancaster bombers flying - and most importantly, Richter lived in Reichenau (now Bogatynia), located 100 km east of Dresden, so he couldn't watch the incoming planes. See more »
Not random. Real. Coherent. Consistent. Only reality is consistent. Every reality is consistent. Everything that's true is beautiful. Let's suppose I say six numbers to you now. It's just stupid. Pointless. But if the six numbers are the winning lottery numbers, then they mean something. They have consistency, value, almost beauty. It's the same with the photographs. I want the truth.
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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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