FQ Columnist Bilal Qureshi examines two recent German historical dramas that address the cultural and artistic process of grappling with the country's Nazi and Communist past: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's Werk ohne Autor (Never Look Away, 2018) and Christian Petzold's Transit (2018). He queries the two films’ highly divergent receptions at home and abroad and asks what Germany's rejection of the lush romanticism of Never Look Away—and embrace of Christian Petzold's unresolved puzzles—can tell us about the shifting grounds of how history is seen and interpreted on-screen in this moment.
Elsewhere: Lost in Translation: The Art of Historical Cinema in Germany's Award-Season Hopefuls
Bilal Qureshi is a radio journalist and cultural critic exploring the intersection of international politics, identity and art. From 2008 to 2015, he served as producer and editor for NPR's All Things Considered. He now profiles authors, filmmakers, visual artists, and musicians for the network. His essays have appeared in the New York Times, Newsweek, and the Washington Post. He also co-hosts the FQ podcasts for Film Quarterly.
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Bilal Qureshi; Elsewhere: Lost in Translation: The Art of Historical Cinema in Germany's Award-Season Hopefuls. Film Quarterly 1 June 2019; 72 (4): 63–67. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2019.72.4.63
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