2018. Germany/Italy. 188 min. German, Russian. Subtitled.
Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. Featuring: Tom Schilling, Sebastian Koch, Paula Beer, Saskia Rosendahl, Oliver Masucci.
Amidst the chaos of pre-war Germany, Kurt Barnert—based loosely on one of Germany’s most revered contemporary painters, Gerhard Richter—becomes fascinated by the art in the world around him. After the war, Kurt attends art school, where he meets and falls in love with Ellie, a fashion student. Kurt soon discovers that his family’s past is intertwined with Ellie’s in sinister and violent ways, just as art in Germany is entangled with the nation’s past. Through the Dresden bombings, a job as a Soviet propaganda artist, and a move from East to West Germany, Kurt strives to find his voice as an artist. This film was selected as Germany’s entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards.
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