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Never Look Away

Never Look Away

Werk ohne Autor (Original title)

Director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck was another Oscar winner who came to the city to film. Here, a villa in the southern suburb of Görlitz was transformed into a Russian commander’s mansion. Further parts of the film were shot in the nearby small towns of Zittau and Großschönau and in Dresden.

Director, Lord Mayor & Producer signing the Golden Book
Walt Disney Company (Germany) GmbH
Walt Disney Company (Germany) GmbH
Walt Disney Company (Germany) GmbH


In the centre of the story is the young painter Kurt Barnert (Tom Schilling) fleeing from East Germany, who cannot forget about his experiences from his childhood and youth during the times of the National Socialism and the SED regime. When he meets the love of his life, student Ellie (Paula Beer), he is finally able to create images, which do not only concern his own destiny, but the traumas of a whole generation.   

Never Look Away – Official Trailer

Filming locations

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Paula Beer, Tom Schilling, Sebastian Koch, Lars Eidinger, Ben Becker, Saskia Rosendahl, Ina Weisse


The film is nominated as the German candidate for an Oscar® in the category “Best Non-English-Language Feature-Length Film“. Camera operator Caleb Deschanel is nominated for Oscar in the category “Best Cinematography“.

Furthermore, "Never Look Away" was nominated for a Golden Globe in the category "Best Foreign Language Film".

At the International Film Festival in Venice in 2018, the film was nominated for a Golden Lion.

Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

Quirin Berg

Type of production
kino - Produktion


Drama, Thriller


Shooting period
07. - 08.2016