Never Look Away

"All Programmers agreed we should screen this one – in spite of its length – because of the point made about the important relationship between art and morality. It is also beautifully made and extremely watchable.

The film follows the life of Kurt Barnet (Tom Schilling) as he grows up in nazi Germany and Communist Dresden, engaging directly with the horrors of the era.

Looking at art is, in the context of Nazi Germany and the later period of East German communism, a politically subversive act. It is also central to the structure of the film. Georgie Carr

It’s more than three hours long, has German subtitles and is reportedly based on the life of the artist Gerhard Richter. But Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s film is no art-house yawn, set as it is amid the extraordinary 30-year period from the horrors of the Nazi era to the creative extravagances of Sixties pop art. 

The epic-feeling story never flags, and despite big ideas about life, sin and artistic creativity, it remains watchable. Tom Schilling is wonderful in the central role of Kurt Barnert."

- Di Koser, Deckchair Programming Committee


A sweeping romantic historical drama, NEVER LOOK AWAY follows thirty years in the life of a great artist - loosely based on Gerhard Richter, one of the 20th century's most admired visual artists - played by Tom Schilling (Woman in Gold, Generation War). The film goes from a childhood witnessing Nazi Germany, to post-war East Berlin, where he falls in love with a young woman (Paula Beer, Frantz, The Dark Valley, Transit) whose father is an ex-Nazi murderer in hiding (Sebastian Koch, The Lives of Others, Homeland, Blackbook), to escaping to the West at the time of the Berlin Wall, and ultimately being part of the exciting new movement in contemporary art.

This special screening covers the early and late sessions due to it's length - 3 hours 9 minutes - and we'll include an intermission.

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“ There is horror and beauty in this film, and sometimes both at the same time...”

Peter Howell - Toronto Star

“ The epic-feeling story never flags, and despite big ideas about life, sin and artistic creativity, it remains watchable.”

Matthew Bond - The Mail on Sunday (UK)

Show Time(s)

Add to Calendar 7:20pm,
Friday 11 October
Deckchair Cinema

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Florian Henckel Von Bismarck



Running Time

189 minutes


Country of Origin



German with English Subtitles