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Never Look Away (Werk ohne Autor)

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Inspired by real events and spanning three eras of German history, NEVER LOOK AWAY tells the story of a young art student, Kurt (Tom Schilling) who falls in love with fellow student, Ellie (Paula Beer). Ellie's father, Professor Seeband (Sebastian Koch), a famous doctor, is dismayed at his daughter's choice of boyfriend, and vows to destroy the relationship. What neither of them knows is that their lives are already connected through a terrible crime Seeband committed decades ago.


  • Tom Schilling
  • Sebastian Koch
  • Paula Beer
  • Saskia Rosendahl
  • Oliver Masucci
  • Hanno Koffler
  • Cai Cohrs
  • Evgeniy Sidikhin
  • Ulrike C. Tscharre
  • Jörg Schüttauf

Did You Know?


  • Official submission of Germany for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 91th Academy Awards in 2019.
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  • The signage on the pillar on the left to the stair in the Düsseldorf women's hospital says "Chirugie" where it correctly should be "Chirurgie".
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    • Elisabeth May: Don't look away. Never look away, Kurt. All that is true is beautiful.
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4.5 out of 5

It is visually stunning, and they acting is good, however there are several "stories" and you believe they are going somewhere...and then they abruptly just don't. Also, a bit long, but I did enjoy the ride, and it was very interesting to me as it is loosely based on Gerhard Richter's rise to prominence as one of Germany's best modern artists...there is a humanity about this film, subtle, and very uplifting in terms of how art is so important, and in life, sometimes that is all we have.

Angela W


Nov 29, 2018

Never Look Away is an often moving, thoughtful drama about the correlations between personal experience, politics and art.

Metacritic review by Demetrios Matheou
Demetrios Matheou
Screen International
Nov 29, 2018

The work’s considerations of the intimate connection among being, art and life finally feel quite superficial.

Metacritic review by Boyd van Hoeij
Boyd van Hoeij
The Hollywood Reporter
Nov 29, 2018

In the end, Donnersmarck has it both ways: He’s sentimental and he’s provocative, a craftsman who has something to say and it going to take his time saying it.

Metacritic review by Steve Pond
Steve Pond