Anytime director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck takes to the big screen is a reason to be excited about and following on from his critically lauded work on 2006’s The Lives of Others the director is now turning his eye to his native Germany’s dark past, and how this environment shapes the life of one great artist in Never Look Away.
Watch the full trailer for Never Look Away below:
Here’s the official synopsis:
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…
Moody and atmospheric, with a great handle on its cinematography and score, Never Look Away looks like an incredibly compelling piece of art house cinema that will really get under your skin.
Then there’s the film’s subject matter which looks at both the enlightenment of art and creation, along with the destruction of Germany’s Nazi history and both collide with incredible complexity and this can only lead to compelling drama.
Never Look Away will be released in cinemas on June 6.