Werk Ohne Autor

With Werk Ohne Autor, inspired by the early life and career of renowned contemporary artist Gerhard Richter, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck once again looks into the dark corners of his country's recent history. The film has been nominated for two Oscars (Best Foreign Film and Best Cinematography).

Please note that this film is in German and Russian, with Dutch subtitles.
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As with von Donnersmarck’s Academy Award-winning DAS LEBEN DER ANDEREN (THE LIVES OF OTHERS), postwar East Germany provides fertile ground on which to explore the role of the individual within a totalitarian system that disregards the rights of its citizens. Opening with the notorious exhibition of so-called Degenerate Art organized by the Nazis in 1937, the film tells the parallel stories of a doctor involved in ‘cleansing’ allegedly racially inferior people, and of a young boy who is fascinated by art. That child later comes of age amid the chaos of postwar German partition. Meanwhile, the doctor, Seeband, is captured by the Soviets and interrogated for his role in the Nazi eugenics program.

The way the fates of these two men intertwine becomes the dramatic focus of von Donnersmarck’s remarkable reflection on the two sides of East Germany’s political and ideological past. Kurt enters art school, where social realism is the only accepted form, but longs to express himself freely. Seeband, formerly an agent of fascism, manages to adapt and prosper in the new communist state, but his past will return to haunt him. WERK OHNE AUTOR is both a historical epic and an intimate tragedy about misdirected ambition, and the voyage of an artist trying to discover his voice.

Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, Germany, Italy, 2017, 189 min. German & Russian spoken, Dutch subtitles. With Sebastian Koch, Lars Eidinger.