We speak with Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck about his Oscar nominated film Never Look Away that he wrote, directed and produced. Never Look Away is on the final list for the 2019 Oscars in the foreign film category. In 2007 Donnersmarck won an Oscar for his debut feature film The Lives of Others that was set in Germany.
Never Look Away is set also set in Germany from World War II to the division of Germany to the building of a wall between East and West Germany. Spanning 3 decades of German history the film looks at this crucial period through the lens of an artist, who grew up in Nazi Germany, became a young artist in East Germany and escapes to West Germany where he finds success as an artist. The film is loosely based on the story of Gerhard Richter, a well-known German artist.
We speak with Donnersmarck on why he made the film, what was it about political ideology that drew him to make this film, and why he chose this particular time period as a timeline for his picture. We also speak to him about his second feature film The Tourist with Angela Jolie and Johnny Depp and his keen-eye and obsession for details.
Never Look Away stars Tom Schilling, Paula Beer, Sebastian Koch and Saskia Rosendahl.
This interview aired on TV in the US.