Friday, August 31, 2018

“Never Look Away” is Germany's Entry for the 91st Academy Awards®

By José Alberto Hermosillo

“Never Look Away” is the German official Oscar® submission for Best Foreign Language Film, 2019. 

Based on the real life of the well-known abstract German painter Gerhard Richter, the film vividly recreates three significant eras in Germany’s history.  

Directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, who already won an Oscar® in 2006 for “The Life of Others.” Ironically, it beat out Guillermo del Toro’s masterpiece “Pan’s Labyrinth.” 

Mr. Donnersmarck came to Hollywood in 2010, to direct the French remake of “The Tourist” with Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp. The 100 million dollar flick had locations in Paris and Venice and earned $278 million at the worldwide box office. This film plus the Oscar established him as a prestigious Director.

“Never Look Away” focuses on the early days of Kurt, a naïve young artist who falls in love with Ellie, the daughter of the famous Professor Karl Seeband, who strongly opposes the relationship. 

They will discover their lives are already connected by a horrendous crime the “prestigious” doctor committed years earlier.
"Never Look Away" still Copyright Venice FF, ©2018
The Teutonic submission premieres at the 75th Venice International Film Festival. To meet the Academy’s requirement, the film is heading for a commercial run in Germany before September 30, 2018.

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