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Never Look Away

  • Starring: Tom Schilling, Sebastian Koch, Paula Beer
  • Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
  • Languages: German, Russian
  • Genre(s): Drama, History, Thriller
  • Rating: R
  • Running Time: 188 min.

Young artist Kurt Barnert (Tom Schilling) has fled to West-Germany, but he continues to be tormented by the experiences he made in his childhood and youth in the Nazi years and during the GDR-regime. When he meets the student Ellie (Paula Beer), he is convinced that he has met the love of his life and begins to create paintings that mirror not only his own fate, but also the traumas of an entire generation.

"The title of Never Look Away is deliciously ironic: This is one of the most mesmerizing, compulsively watchable films in theaters right now. "
- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Never Look Away makes an eloquent case for art as an expression of hope, a way of searching for meaning in chaos. "
- Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"Never Look Away is an often moving, thoughtful drama about the correlations between personal experience, politics and art. "
- Demetrios Matheou, Screen International
"Donnersmarck has crafted an unparalleled masterpiece, a three-plus hour epic that leaves you wanting more."
- Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service
"In a larger sense, the film is about the postwar generation of Germans desperate for a new direction, and when Henckel von Donnersmarck focuses on the artmaking, it's powerful -- a persuasive statement about the transformative power of representation."
- Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out
"The German Oscar nominee for best foreign-language film is a triumphant return form to filmmaker Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, a treatise on love and war and the limitless reach of art that, even when it trips up, is never less than exhilarating."
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone


  • Tuesday, 3/19 2:30pm, 7:45pm
  • Wednesday, 3/20 6:00pm
  • Thursday, 3/21 6:45pm