Pre-film talk with Dr. John Pfeifer begins at 7pm, with the film beginning at approximately 7:30pm.
In German and Russian with English subtitles
Never Look Away is an epic historical drama which follows thirty years in the life of German artist, Kurt Barnert - loosely based on the real life story of Gerhard Richter, one of the twentieth century’s most admired visual artists. Spanning three decades of German history, the film explores Kurt’s quest for individual artistic freedom. As a child, Kurt is forced to stifle his creativity to adhere to rigid Nazi ideology which views art as nothing more than a vessel to propagate its ideology. His art education in the communistic, Russian controlled regime of the GDR adheres to the same repressive dogma. As a young art student, Kurt falls in love with fellow student, Ellie Seeband. Ellie’s father, Professor Seeband, 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 Dr. Seeband committed decades ago.