News

19. Februar 2019

London/Munich, 19 Feb 2019. London-based Modern Films has taken on the UK and Irish rights of Beta Cinema’s double-Oscar nominated NEVER LOOK AWAY, written&directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck.Germany’s entry and nominee in the Foreign Language category, which also picked up a nomination for Best Cinematography (Caleb Deschanel), has garnered much acclaim and commercial attention in its international releases, particularly in the US where it recently opened through Sony Pictures Classics, with a reported stronger screen average than fellow contenders this year Cold War and Shoplifters.

From the director of The Lives of Others, NEVER LOOK AWAY is an intergenerational tale of love, sorrow, art and politics spanning three decades of 20th century German history, from Nazism through much of the Cold War. Inspired by real events, it is the story of a young art student (Tom Schilling) who falls in love with a fellow student (Paula Beer). Her father (Sebastian Koch), a renowned doctor, disapproves of their relationship and vows to destroy it. Connections between their personal histories unfold as secrets from the past and crimes committed come to light over time.

This deal represents a partnership between the producers, sales agent Beta Cinema and distributor Modern Films, as well as the cultural communications agency, Sutton, who also worked on the American launch and are currently advising on the Academy Award campaign. They plan to all come together to build audiences around a more event-driven release plan, linking key elements of the story from the historical narrative to the art world trajectory to the dramaturgy and intrigue of the characters across the film, art and other creative sectors.
 
Details of how and when it will be released will be confirmed soon.
 
Modern Films was set up in 2017 with a remit to cross cultural boundaries with filmed content and link major institutions with cinema exhibition to extend viewing options and platforms for audiences. Previous examples of their Event Cinema releases include Manifesto starring Cate Blanchett Live from Tate Modern, Ex Libris – The New York Public Library with the British Library and their Living Knowledge Network, cinema previews of the HBO television series My Brilliant Friend based on the Elena Ferrante novels and the upcoming Yuli – The Carlos Acosta Story Live from the Royal Opera House. In a previous guise, Modern Films Managing Director Eve Gabereau released Toni Erdmann to great success and aplomb.
 
Thorsten Ritter of Beta Cinema says that they are "thrilled to be working with Eve Gabereau and Modern Films, who are savvy and smart and will find extraordinary ways to connect with audiences for this masterly film."
 
Calum Sutton, Sutton CEO, commented that "Never Look Away is a fascinating and memorable movie, and we are delighted to be working with Beta and Modern Films on the film’s UK launch."
  
Eve Gabereau, Modern Films MD, says she is “excited to be working with this strong team of filmmakers and on bringing a story that resonates with audiences to the UK and Ireland. Working across arts is a key part of what we do and how we work – and we look forward to showing this film in a range of cinemas and non-traditional spaces with top-end screening facilities, embracing its scale, scope and duration that do not rush the story – to great viewing-experience reward.”