German artist Kurt Barnert has escaped East Germany and now lives in West Germany, but is tormented by his childhood under the Nazis and the GDR-regime.
A sweeping romantic historical drama, we follow 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.
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) whose father (Sebastian Koch) is an ex-Nazi in hiding, to escaping to the West at the time of the Berlin Wall, and ultimately being part of the exciting new movement in contemporary art.
The title of ‘Never Look Away’ is deliciously ironic - this is one of the most mesmerizing, compulsively watchable films of the year. (Subtitles)