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Im Lauf der Zeit (VOSTA)
Main screening room
May 16th, 2022
174 min
Wim Wenders - Cities and Roads

For all sorts of reasons, we are never done with Wim Wenders’ cinema and his way of apprehending narratively (sometimes with the complicity of the writer Peter Handke) and photogenically (by his lucky star) the 1970s, especially in Germany and the US. Seizing the opportunity of a new series of accessible restorations, we present several of his films that were commonly requested for years, including Alice in den Städten, with music by Can, the legendary Krautrock band. A few legendary films from the 80s and 90s that extend the plastic themes and concerns of his early era will also be shown.

Kings of the Road
Directed by
Wim Wenders
English and German with English subtitles
Rüdiger Vogler, Hanns Zischler, Lisa Kreuzer
West Germany
174 min

Kings of the Road is about a friendship between two men: Bruno, a.k.a. King of the Road, who repairs film projectors and travels along the inner German border in his truck, and the psychologist Robert, a.k.a. Kamikaze, who is fleeing from his own past.

Kings of the Road

Wim Wenders

After studying medicine and philosophy, Wim Wenders left his hometown of Düsseldorf for Paris, where he forged his film culture in the effervescence of the 1960s. He then studied cinema in Munich and moved on to directing, enrolling in the New German Cinema movement. Noticed in Europe, his 1970s films saw the emergence of his favorite themes and affinities (American cinema, road movies, music). With The American Friend (1977), the filmmaker gained notoriety in the United States and began to work there. There he directed the famous Paris, Texas (1984), before returning to Germany to sign another flagship film of his career, Wings of Desire (1987). In addition to his work of fiction, he has directed several documentaries, particularly on artistic creation: music (Buena Vista Social Club), dance (Pina) or photography (The Salt of the Earth), a discipline that the filmmaker also exercises himself.

Photo : Unifrance


Made in a few weeks during the summer of 1975, this film, shot in a very aesthetic black and white (camera: Robby Müller) and with a simple and atmospheric rock n' roll soundtrack, is also a film about the difficult situation of post-war German cinema.
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