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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 & 11 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 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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Country:

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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Gross USA:

$1,298,641, 16 May 2019
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Inspired by the life of the German painter Gerhard Richter, who saw the film as an "abuse and grossly distort(ing)" of his biography. 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

Professor Carl Seeband: Socialist realism?
Kurt Barnert: Is there anything else?
Professor Carl Seeband: I hope not.
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Featured in 76th Golden Globe Awards (2019) See more »

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Come te non c'é nessuno
Performed by Rita Pavone
Music by Enrico Polito, Oreste Vassallo
Lyrics by Francesco Migliacci
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Lyrical and beautifully paced
14 January 2019 | by deekay75See all my reviews

Truth, art, power, and inspiration are all explored in this artfully structured story. The hefty 3 hours feels light, giving enough space for a story so well woven that the fabric deserves a lingering gaze. The acting is nuanced, and the characters dimensional.Worth the large screen for the immersion that it brings into these lives.


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