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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 DDR-regime.
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »

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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
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 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

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

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Trivia

Dr. Seeband was honored at his hospital on December 11th. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Kurt Barnert: You smoke?
Professor Carl Seeband: Sixty-three is the right age to start. The consequences will hardly catch up with me.
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Connections

Featured in The Oscars (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

The Cold Song
Performed by Klaus Nomi
Written by Henry Purcell
Arranged by Jonathan Cobert
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I wasn't bored for even a minute.
26 November 2019 | by doorstepent-01607See all my reviews

This is a fantastic movie, historical drama and philosophical essey on art at the same time. The runtime might seem a bit long, but once the movie gets your attention, it never lets you go. The well-written charcters are full of life, which delivers a complex yet relatable story throughout the history of XX. century Germany. The film is also beautiful, awesome cinematography. And an inevitable piece if you want to understand the thouhts behind modern art. While the english title is good (Never look away - the primary thesis of the movie), please also notice the original title (Art without author). Recommend 10/10


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Release Date:

3 October 2018 (Germany) See more »

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$1,304,042

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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