MWPAI screens ‘Never Look Away’

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Utica’s Munson-Williams-Proctor Museum of Art wills screen “Never Look Away” on Friday, March 31, at 2 and 7:30 p.m. The subtitled film is rated R.

This grand epic by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck tells a tale of social and political upheaval over three turbulent decades of German history, through the lens of art.

It begins at the 1937 Nazi exhibition of Degenerate Artists, which Kurt, a wide-eyed little boy, attends with his free-spirited aunt. Surviving the war, Kurt (Tom Schilling) sees the Nazis replaced by the equally totalitarian communist rule of East Germany. He becomes an art student in Dresden, learning “Soviet realist” style, and falls in love with fellow student Ellie (Paula Beer). Ellie’s father, Professor Seeband (Sebastian Koch), a famous doctor, is dismayed at his daughter’s choice of penniless artist as boyfriend, and vows to destroy the relationship.

Admission is $8, $6 members and $4 for students. For tickets or more information, call 315-797-0055 or visit mwpai.org.

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