HFS Film Talk: Never Look Away

Film Discussion Group with guest speaker Monica Bohm-Duchen
05 Mar 2021 5:00pm - 6:00pm

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As the Highgate Film Society programme cannot be screened in the Victoria Hall at HLSI at present, we invite you to view the scheduled films independently online then join us to share views.

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The Never Look Away Film Talk discussion group is on Friday 5 March at 5pm, with guest speaker Monica Bohm-Duchen.

Germany 2018, 188 mins. Dir. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck.
Starring Tom Schilling, Sebastian Koch and Paula Beer

Ambitious in scope, ravishing to look at, and scored with warmth and sensitivity by Max Richter, Never Look Away is an unmissable masterpiece – an overview of modern German artistic history fictionalised from the life of photorealistic painter Gerhard Richter. Covering four decades, it charts a young artist’s journey through East and West German art movements, tormented all the while by his experiences of growing up during the Nazi era. He is particularly affected by the state-ordered murder of his beautiful, schizophrenic aunt Elisabeth by a man whose life is completely different to yet runs in parallel with his own. And when the artist falls deeply in love and marries, it is to a woman – another Elisabeth – whose past holds a horrific secret which links them all. This is a rich and absorbing story which focuses on the big themes of love, art and death, and on an incredible life lived through turbulent times.

Monica Bohm-Duchen is a London-based writer, curator and lecturer with a special interest in art, war and politics in the first half of the twentieth century. The institutions she has worked for include the Courtauld Institute, Tate, the National Gallery and the Royal Academy of Arts. She is an Associate Lecturer at Birkbeck, University of London, where she teaches a course on Art and War.

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The next film discussion will be on:

Yuli: The Carlos Acosta Story (Film Talk discussion group Friday 19 March at 5pm)