Stefan Grissemann

Never Look Away (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, Germany/Italy) — Special Presentations

By Stefan Grissemann / September 12, 2018

By Stefan Grissemann The childhood and early career of German superstar painter Gerhard Richter is given a very free rendering in this three-hour-plus drama that tries to short-circuit Nazi euthanasia programs with a crash course on postwar avant-garde art. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, director of the Oscar-winning GDR retaliation The Lives of Others (2006), now…

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22 July (Paul Greengrass, Norway/Iceland/USA) — Special Presentations

By Stefan Grissemann / September 11, 2018

By Stefan Grissemann The only mild surprise that 22 July has in store is its narrative emphasis. After 32 minutes, the horrific acts (the bomb in Oslo, the massacre on Utøya Island) are all done, the teenage corpses have piled up, and Norway has plunged into a deep political and moral crisis—leaving 101 more minutes…

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