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Opening Night Event- Travelling Film Festival
Fri February 21 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Travelling Film Festival is Australia’s longest running film festival of its kind, and it showcases top end cinema from Australian and around the world, including award-winning films, superb docos and surprising short films. Our film program comes directly form the Sydney Film Festival and other major international festivals.
Joins us at the 2020 Travelling Film Festival Opening Night reception, followed by the premiere of the German gem, NEVER LOOK AWAY.
Directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck / Germany / 189 minutes
SELECTED: SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL 2019
NOMINATED: ACADEMY AWARD 2018
Inspired – controversially – by the life of German artist Gerhard Richter, this Oscar-nominated epic, from the director of the Oscar winner The Lives of Others, recounts a remarkable love story.
Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck takes a vast view of German history, over three eras, in this remarkable love story inspired by the life of revered artist Gerhard Richter. The film follows Kurt from his childhood in Nazi Germany, to his life as a young artist (now played by Tom Schilling, Oh Boy, SFF 2013) trained to capture the bravery of the working class of East Germany, to someone struggling to find his particular artistic vision when he enjoys freedom of expression in West Germany. At the story’s centre is a beautiful and tragic love story, beginning when Kurt falls in love with fellow student Ellie (Paula Beer, Transit, SFF 2018; Frantz). Though very much in love, Ellie’s father Professor Seeband (Sebastian Koch, The Lives of Others) objects to the relationship and is determined to bring it to an end. With two of Germany’s finest young actors, and an incredibly dramatic story, Donnersmarck carefully intertwines the romance with three key eras of German history in a fascinating way. At the same time, we witness how this love, and this history, affect Kurt as an artist who finally finds his own true path.
“Mesmerizing, compulsively watchable… This meditation on art, memory and meaning is yet another deep-dive into the power psyche of the filmmaker’s native Germany.” – The Washington Post
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