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Der Himmel über Berlin (VOSTF)
Main screening room
May 31st, 2022
127 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.

Wings of Desire
Directed by
Wim Wenders
German with French subtitles
Bruno Ganz, Solveig Dommartin, Otto Sander, Peter Falk
127 min
35 mm

Angels comfort men and women and take an interest in their lives. In Berlin, one of them wishes to experience life as a human being, having fallen in love with an acrobat. He leaves the world of angels and joins the mortals.

Wings of Desire

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


Peter Falk in Wings of Desire - The Criterion Collection
How does an angel walk, if he doesn't have the ability to fly? We were offered neither psychology nor role in the true sense. Our material: us, our eye, our ear - no gestures, hands in pockets.
B. Ganz and Otto Sander, 1987
About Wings of Desire
Full cast
About Wim Wenders
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