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Wednesday, June 19, 2019
(R) 189min
Apr 2 - 4, 6:00 Only!
From filmmaker Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (Oscar-winning The Lives of Others) and nominated for two Oscars – best foreign language film and best cinematography for veteran Caleb Deschanel – this absorbing story tells a fateful family saga across three decades of German history, based loosely on the life of acclaimed artist Gerhard Richter. During a boyhood spent in Nazi-era Dresden, a child learns at a young age to appreciate art with his beloved aunt. As a young man in Russian-ruled East Germany, he must paint only socialist murals, but finds love with a young woman (Paula Beer) whose father’s past unknowingly has intersected with his. Escaping to the West just before the completion of the Berlin Wall, he is free to paint but has difficulty finding direction until he starts using old family photographs. This is a mesmerizing and sweeping romantic historical drama.