Official Selection


Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck | Germany | 2018 | 188 min.
O.V. in German subtitled in Spanish and English

Florian Henckel, winner of an Oscar for The Lives of Others, returns with an epic, forceful film about fascism, art and love inspired by the life of the painter Gerhard Richter. A reflection of the complexity of 20th century Germany which starts with the famous exhibition of “degenerate art” organized by the Nazis in 1937, and follows the evolutions of Kurt Barnert, an incipient artist who escapes from the inflexible RDA of the 60s. In love, unknowingly, with the daughter of the man who, in the name of Nazi ethnic cleansing, brought tragedy to his family.

Direction: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

Script: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

Cinematography: Caleb Deschanel

Editing: Patricia Rommel, Patrick Sanchez-Smith

Music: Max Richter Sound:Matthias Richter

Cast: Tom Schilling, Paula Beer, Sebastian Koch, Saskia Rosendahl, Oliver Masucci

Production: Jan Mojto, Florian e Christiane Henckel von Donnersmarck, Quirin Berg, Max Wiedemann.

Production Company: Pergamon Film, Wiedemann&Berg Film

Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

Born in Cologne, Germany, in 1973, Henckel von Donnersmarck leaped to world fame with his first film The Lives of Others (2006), with which he won a multitude of awards including the Oscar and the BAFTA for Best Foreign Language Film, the EFA Best Film Award and the Audience Award in Locarno. Previously, he studied Russian Literature and did a master in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at New College, Oxford. He also has a diploma in film direction from the University of Television and Film in Munich. He directed several award-winning short films, and after his first feature film he made The Tourist, with Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp, nominated for three Golden Globes. His latest film Obra sin autor won the Arca Cinema Giovanni Award and the Leoncino d’Oro Agiscuola Awards at Venice.