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thumbnail Never Look Away (2018 Germany)

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Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Starring:  Tom Schilling, Sebastian Koch, Paula Beer
Genre: Drama
Duration: 189 mins Rated R

Inspired by the early life and career of renowned contemporary artist Gerhard Richter, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (The Lives of Others) once again looks into the dark corners of his country’s recent history. Opening with the notorious 1937 Degenerate Art exhibition organized by the Nazis, the film tells the parallel stories of a doctor involved in “cleansing” allegedly racially inferior people and of a young boy who is fascinated by art. That child later comes of age amid the chaos of postwar German partition: as a man living in East Germany, Kurt has a job creating propaganda billboards while pining to be an artist. Meanwhile, the doctor, Seeband, is captured by the Soviets and interrogated for his role in the Nazi eugenics program. The intertwined fates of these two men forms the dramatic focus of this reflection on the two sides of the German Democratic Republic’s political and ideological past.

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