Inspired by the youth of a colossus of contemporary art, NEVER LOOK AWAY is Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s fictional take on the early life of Gerhard Richter, who grew up under the Nazis (and in the GDR after the war), studied and practiced Socialist Realism at Dresden’s Art Academy, and escaped to the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf just before the Wall went up.
Tom Schilling stars as Kurt Barnert, and Oliver Masucci plays a character based on Joseph Beuys. The cast includes Paula Beer and Sebastian Koch, who was in Henckel von Donnersmarck’s remarkable debut feature The Lives of Others.
The AFI Fest 2018 presents the Los Angeles premiere of NEVER LOOK AWAY this weekend at the Egyptian, with an encore screening on Wednesday at the Chinese. The director will be present on Sunday in Hollywood, as well as at LACMA for a January, 2019 screening.
Sunday, November 11, at 7:30 pm.
6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles.
Wednesday, November 14, at 2:45 pm.
6925 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles.
Friday, January 18, at 7:30 pm.
5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles.
See Dana Goodyear on the Richter-Donnersmarck dynamic; and Morgan Falconer, “Photo-Painting,” in Painting After Pollock (London: Phaidon, 2015), 232–247.
Top: Tom Schilling in Never Look Away.
Above: Shilling and Paula Beer.
Below: Schilling. Image credit: Sony Pictures Classics.