Magazine article Screen International

Venice Competition Title 'Never Look Away' Lands at Sony Pictures Classics (Exclusive)

Magazine article Screen International

Venice Competition Title 'Never Look Away' Lands at Sony Pictures Classics (Exclusive)

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SPC takes North America in five-territory deal with Beta Cinema.

‘Never Look Away’

Sony Pictures Classics has taken multiple territories on Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s psychological thriller Never Look Away, ahead of the film’s premiere in Competition at the Venice International Film Festival.

The film was acquired from German sales outfit Beta Cinema. Sony has taken rights in North America, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand and Scandinavia.

The deal continues the relationship between von Donnersmarck and the two companies, after they collaborated on his Oscar-winning The Lives Of Others.

Never Look Away stars Tom Schilling, Paula Beer, Sebastian Koch, Saskia Rosendahl and Ina Weisse in an epic story spanning three periods of German history. Young artist Kurt Barnert (Tom Schilling) has fled to West Germany, but he continues to be tormented by experiences in his childhood and youth in the Nazi years and during the GDR-regime.

When he meets fellow 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. …

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