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  • Director

    Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

  • Starring

    Tom Schilling, Sebastian Koch, Paula Beer, Saskia Rosendahl, Oliver Masucci

  • Run Time

    188 mins

  • Release Year


  • Country of Origin

    Germany, Italy

  • Language

    German, Russian

  • Director of Photography: Caleb Deschanel

  • Editor: Patricia Rommel

  • Produced by: Jan Mojto, Quirin Berg, Max Wiedemann, Christiane Henckel von Donnersmarck, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

  • Music: Max Richter

  • Screenplay by: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

  • Production Designer: Gabrielle Binder

  • Sound Production: Christoph von Schönburg

Director Bio

Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

P&I - Director Bio

Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, born 1973 in Cologne, studied directing at the Munich Film Academy. His first feature as writer and director, The Lives of Others (2006), won German and European Film Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Lead Actor, and the BAFTA, David di Donatello and Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. 


Never Look Away (Werk ohne Autor)


Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s epic film (nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Oscars®) takes place over three decades in Germany, from the 1930s to the 1960s. Set against the backdrop of a changing country, Never Look Away’s story is art and love rather than politics. At its heart is Kurt Barnert (Tom Schilling), a fictionalised version of artist Gerhard Richter, who is forced to flee East Germany, eventually finding his voice as a talented and provocative artist. An ambitious, sprawling and beautifully made film. [15]

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