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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.

The film stars Tom Schilling, Paula BeerSebastian Koch—who was in Henckel von Donnersmarck’s remarkable debut feature The Lives of Others—and Oliver Masucci plays a character based on Joseph Beuys.

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.

Egyptian Theatre

6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles.

Wednesday, November 14, at 2:45 pm.

Chinese Theatre

6925 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles.

Friday, January 18, at 7:30 pm.

Bing Theater, LACMA

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.

Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, Never Look Away, from top: Tom Schilling (2); Shilling and Paula Beer. Images courtesy and © the filmmaker, the actors, and Sony Pictures Classics.


Franz Rogowski made an indelible impression last year in Michael Haneke’s Happy End. He returns this weekend in a German Currents double bill featuring the local premiere of TRANSIT—the new film from Christian Petzold. This thriller addressing themes of identity and morality in times of advancing totalitarianism co-stars Paula Beer.

The evening will open with another Los Angeles premiere: Thomas Stuber’s IN DEN GÄNGEN/IN THE AISLES, co-starring Rogowski and Sandra Hüller—whose arresting portrayal of the daughter of the title character in Maren Ade’s Toni Erdmann is a comic highlight of recent world cinema.


Saturday, October 20, at 6:30 pm.

Egyptian Theatre

6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles.

From top: Franz Rogowski (foreground); Paula BeersLilien Batman and Rogowski, all in Transit. Image credit: Music Box Films..


Berliner Paula Beer—new to American audiences, and winner of the Best New Young Actor award at last year’s Venice film festival—has been starring in movies for over eight years. But her performance in François Ozon ’s riveting new film FRANTZ is a breakthrough. She plays Anna to Pierre Niney’s Adrien, two young Europeans negotiating the aftermath of the Great War and their connection to the title character, Anna’s dead fiancé.

The plot mirrors Ernst Lubitsch’s Broken Melody, but like most of Ozon’s work, FRANTZ goes nowhere you think it might. The film ends, speculatively, in the 1920s, and a scene at the Louvre prompts a question: Will Anna’s love for a painting about death save her life?



Through April 6.

Nuart Theatre

11272 Santa Monica Blvd., West Los Angeles.

From April 7 at the Laemmle Monica, Playhouse (Pasadena), and Town Center (Encino).

Above: Pierre Niney in Frantz.

Below: Niney and Paula Beer.