NEVER LOOK AWAY Werk Ohne Autor

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An epic, intergenerational tale of art, love, tragedy and politics spanning three turbulent decades of 20th-century German history from the writer/director of ‘The Lives of Others’.

In 1933 an exhibition of so-called “Degenerate Art” - as in art that the newly empowered Nazi party considered antithetical to its values - took place in Dresden. Transposed slightly to 1937, this show, complete with stiff-necked tour guide (Lars Eidinger) explaining the worthlessness of the paintings to a crowd caught between socially-mandated disapproval and private titillation, provides the perfect opening for Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s return to the welcoming embrace of Germany’s historical past.

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 against the more conceptual ideas of modern art.

‘Never Look Away’ is a seriously good movie. It tells the life of Kurt, a German artist born just before the Nazis took power, who survives the war and studies in East Germany under the Communists, eventually ending up in West Germany and trying to find his own style.

Truth, art, power, and inspiration are all explored in this artfully structured story. An impressive bold epic not to be missed. Premiered at Venice. The cast includes Tom Schilling, Sebastian Koch, Paula Beer. (Subtitles)

Our thanks to Modern Films for this screening.