Germany Picks Florian Henckel Von Donnersmarck's 'Never Look Away' for Oscars

By Dalton, Ben | Screen International, August 30, 2018 | Go to article overview

Germany Picks Florian Henckel Von Donnersmarck's 'Never Look Away' for Oscars


Dalton, Ben, Screen International


The film has its world premiere in Competition at Venice Film Festival.

‘Never Look Away’

Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s Never Look Away (Werk OhneAutor)has been selected as Germany’s entry for the best foreign language film Oscar in 2019.

The film was chosen by a nine-person jury, headed by Moritz Hemminger of the Association of German Film Exporters, from eleven submissions.

This marks the second time von Donnersmarck has been put forward for the foreign language film award; he won the prize in 2007 for Cold War spy drama The Lives Of Others.

Since its first submission as a united nation for the 1991 awards, Germany has 10 nominations in this category, with one other victory for Caroline Link’s Nowhere In Africa in 2003.

Never Look Away has its world premiere on Tuesday September 4 in Competition at Venice Film Festival.

Inspired by true events, the film covers several turbulent periods of German history in the 20th century, as art student Kurt Barnert (Tom Schilling) falls in love with fellow student Ellie Seeband (Paula Beer). Her father Carl (Sebastian Koch), a celebrated medical professor, does all he can to destroy the relationship; but their fates are already connected through a crime he committed years before. …

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