Inspired by real events and spanning three eras of German history, Never Look Away tells the story of a young art student, Kurt (Tom Schilling) who falls in love with fellow student, Ellie (Paula Beer). Ellie’s father, Professor Seeband (Sebastian Koch), 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 Seeband committed decades ago.
“A moving, thoughtful drama about the correlations between personal experience, politics and art. Donnersmarck constructs intriguing tensions, Schilling and Beer make a touching romantic couple, and Koch a persuasive monster. Max Richter contributes a deeply affecting score.”