Werk ohne Autor (2018)

# 15763 IMDb R 

Werk ohne Autor (2018

(Never Look Away)

Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

Stars: Sebastian Koch, Hans-Uwe Bauer, Jeanette Hain, Bastian Trost, Hinnerk Schönemann

Drama, History, Romance, Thriller (3h 09min)

Germany Germany, Italy Italy

Rated 7.7 after 4,114 votes, 69% postive reviews on 24-May-19.

Nominated for OscarNominated for Oscar
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 11 nominations


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.


Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (director) Tom Schilling Sebastian Koch Paula Beer Saskia Rosendahl Oliver Masucci Hanno Koffler

Tom Schilling (Kurt Barnert), Sebastian Koch (Professor Carl Seeband), Paula Beer (Ellie Seeband), Saskia Rosendahl (Elisabeth May), Oliver Masucci (Professor Antonius van Verten), Hanno Koffler (Günther Preusser), Cai Cohrs (Kurt Barnert 6 Jahre), Evgeniy Sidikhin (NKWD Major Murawjow), Ulrike C. Tscharre (Frau Hellthaler), Jörg Schüttauf (Johann Barnert), Jeanette Hain (Waltraut Barnert), Hans-Uwe Bauer (Professor Horst Grimma), Ina Weisse (Martha Seeband), Lars Eidinger (Ausstellungsführer Heiner Kerstens), Johanna Gastdorf (Großmutter Malvine), David Schütter (Adrian Schimmel / Finck), Franz Pätzold (Max Seifert), Jonas Dassler (Ehrenfried May), Jacob Matschenz (Arendt Ivo), Florian Bartholomäi (Günther May), Ben Becker (Vorarbeiter Otto), Oskar Müller (Kurt Barnert 13 Jahre (as Oscar Müller)), Mina Herfurth (Ellie Seeband 6 Jahre), Juta Vanaga (Frau Murajow), Mark Zak (Dolmetscher Murawjow), Bastian Trost (Hausarzt Dr. Michaelis), Rainer Bock (Dr. Burghart Kroll), Antonia Bill (Krankenschwester Anna), Rudolph Sebastian (Gustav Wächtler (as Sebastian Rudolph)), Inga Birkenfeld (Krankenschwester Käthe), Lisa Hoffmann (Krankenschwester Erna), Jörg Pose (Volksschuldirektor Tschierswitz), Oleg Tikhomirov (Sowjetischer Aufseher Sergei), Igor Possewnin (Russischer Armeearzt Jewgeni Iwanowitsch), Benjamin Lillie (Neidischer Arbeiter Hartwig), Martin Bruchmann (Kunststudent Oskar), Manuel Zschunke (Kunststudent Emil), Martin Baden (Arbeitermodell Udo), Eva Maria Jost (Sekretärin Seeband), Hinnerk Schönemann (Werner Blaschke)...

From the same director


Produced by

Quirin Berg (producer), Nicola Claudio (associate producer: RAI Cinema), Paolo Del Brocco (associate producer: RAI Cinema), Kirsten Frehse (line producer: degeto), Jacek Gaczkowski (producer: service production company poland), Carlos Gerstenhauer (commissioning editor), Carolin Haasis (commissioning editor), Christiane Henckel von Donnersmarck (producer), Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (producer), Filip Hering (producer: service production company czech republic), Jan Mojto (producer), Bettina Ricklefs (commissioning editor), Andreas Schreitmüller (associate producer: ARTE), Dirk Schuerhoff (co-producer (as Dirk Schürhoff)), Christine Strobl (co-producer), Piotr Strzelecki (producer: service production company poland), David Vogt (line producer), Max Wiedemann (producer)



I had time to check out this film yesterday and decided to go for it despite its 3 hour and 9 minute running length. I have seen von Donnersmarck's The Lives of Others and The Tourist (the latter of which was awful). The Lives of Others was great though, so I was in anticipation to see what he would see next. Pay no mind to the running length of this film, its an astounding and really fantastically gripping film that is actually quite inspiring.

The film is about the life of an artist named Kurt from his childhood to adulthood and the events in his life that inspire him to become the artist that he is. Early in his life his aunt is euthanized during Nazi, Germany because of suspicions that she may be schizophrenic. Growing up he struggles to find his calling in life but little does he know that the events of his past are what are present in his current day life, unbeknownst to him. I know this wasn't a really in depth summary but that is intentional as I want you to go see this film and experience it for yourself.

From the opening moments in the museums art gallery to the closing moment of Kurt staring at the camera, this is an alluring viewing. Its beautifully shot and is inclusive of a wide range of emotions and life processes including love, hate, death, despair, ambition, and determination. I liked the love story in the film as well. Normally you would see couples in films bicker but in this film its pure love, passion, and support throughout.

Apparently the film is loosely based on the life of Gerhard Richter. I can't really comment on that accuracy but I will say that the blurred paintings of photographs that Kurt paints are absolutely wonderful. Its so nice to see him finally have that moment and find his true calling and his real motivation for painting. I was actually inspired by Kurt's journey in his life and finale finding that recipe for success. In many ways I can relate.

I was a huge fan of the moving score for this film. Especially in latter stages of the film where it was so effective and just so perfect fit. The acting is good all around and at times the film utilizes subtle humor. I could have actually sat through another hour of this film because it embodies so much of what I wish films would these days.

I'm not often really moved by pictures like I was with this. Every scene in this long film is important as it comes back later. Its just pure art in cinematic form. I rarely ever hand out ratings this high but I really feel like Never Look Away is very deserving of that honor. Indeed, its hard to look away from the beauty on display in this film. Just a truly moving experience that I recommend to everyone.

Memorable quotes

Elisabeth May: Don't look away. Never look away, Kurt. All that is true is beautiful.

4 total 


The character of Kurt Barnert is loosely based on German artist Gerhard Richter.

9 total 


Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 11 nominations 
Academy Awards, USA • Golden Globes, USA • AARP Movies for Grownups Awards • Bambi Awards • Bavarian Film Awards • Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards • German Film Awards • Motion Picture Sound Editors, USA • North Texas Film Critics Association, US • Palm Springs International Film Festival • Romy Gala, Austria • Seville European Film Festival • Sydney Film Festival • Venice Film Festival

Other titles

Werk ohne Autor ((original title)) • Nunca Deixe de Lembrar (Brazil) • Værk uden skaber (Denmark) • Never Look Away (France; Sweden; World-wide (English title)) • Une oeuvre sans auteur (France (alternative transliteration)) • Mű szerző nélkül (Hungary) • Yetzira Lello Mekha'ber (Israel (Hebrew title)) • Opera senza autore (Italy) • Obrazy bez autora (Poland) • Nunca Deixes de Olhar (Portugal) • Работа без авторства (Russia) • Delo bez autora (Serbia) • Obra sin autor (Spain (festival title)) • La sombra del pasado (Spain) • Asla Gözlerini Kaçirma (Turkey (Turkish title)) • Work Without Author (USA (alternative title))



Rated R for graphic nudity, sexuality and brief violent images


Austria:12 / Brazil:14 / Canada:14A / Canada:14A / Denmark:15 / Germany:12 / Hong Kong:III / Italy:T / Netherlands:12 / Portugal:M/14 / Spain:12 / Sweden:15 / Switzerland:12 / Taiwan:R-12 / Turkey:15+ / United States:R


Pergamon Film, Wiedemann & Berg Filmproduktion, Beta Cinema (co-production), ARD Degeto Film (co-production), Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR) (co-production), Sky Deutschland (in collaboration with), Rai Cinema (in collaboration with), Sony Pictures Classics (in collaboration with), ARTE (in collaboration with), W.o.A. Film (executive production), Isobel Griffiths Limited (orchestra contractor)


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