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German Director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck Nominated for Second Oscar

February 22, 2019

This weekend Hollywood’s biggest stars will gather in Los Angeles, California at the 91st Academy Awards to celebrate the best films that 2019 had to offer.

Among the talented nominees this year is acclaimed German director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, whose film, “Never Look Away,” has been nominated for Best Foreign Language Film. He will be joined at the ceremony by the film’s American cinematographer, Caleb Deschanel, who was also nominated for Best Cinematography.

The film, which was inspired by the life of prolific German artist Gerhard Richter, follows the life of painter Kurt Barnert through several decades of his life under Nazi rule, in post-war East Germany, and, finally, as a young man in West Germany.

This is not the first time von Donnersmarck’s work has received international acclaim. His first feature film, “The Lives of Others,” took home the Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 2007.

The Foreign Language category at the Academy Awards plays an influential role in exposing American audiences to films they may not have seen otherwise. In a recent interview, von Donnersmarck spoke on the significance of German-American exchange in film and art through films like “Never Look Away” and “The Lives of Others.” He said he appreciates that the high-profile nature of the Oscar nomination helps promote German cinema in the United States.

The Oscar winners will be announced during a live ceremony on Sunday, February 24. Win or lose, you can check out “Never Look Away” for yourself in theaters in select cities throughout the United States.

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