German Film Festival 2012: Focus Wim Wenders
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German Film Festival 2012
Focus Wim Wenders
The German Film Festival runs from 29th August to 8th September and is held at The New Zealand Film Archive in Wellington. (Ticket prices: $8/6)
A highly influential contemporary film director, Wim Wenders is one of the most significant representatives of the New German Cinema of the 70s. He was drawn to filmmaking from an early age and his directing career started at the University of Television and Film in Munich. Wenders has produced numerous movies, documentaries and short films.
In collaboration with the New Zealand Film Archive, the Goethe-Institut is delighted to be able to bring a selection of 10 films by Wim Wenders to the big screen for a Wellington audience.
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Wim Wenders and the films in the attached festival
Short Summary of Films
Wender’s “Palme d’Or” Winner in Cannes
1984 showing the magnificent performance by Nastassja Kinski
in a screenplay by Sam Shepard.
Don’t Come Knocking
Western actor Spence is suddenly struck by the
feeling that he might not have much longer to live, which
results in the flight from his film set and being chased by
detectives through the whole of the US while searching for
The American Friend
Tom Ripley, an American art dealer, makes
Jonathan, a picture framer from Hamburg, a very dubious
offer: to kill a man in Paris in return for money with which
he, a terminally ill man, could safeguard the future of his
wife and child.
Kings of the Road
Bruno has been travelling through the
small towns and villages along the East German border
repairing the projectors in the dilapidated local cinemas
– one day he meets suicidal Robert…
A Trick of the Light
Who knows about the brothers Skladanowsky who built a projector, the “Bioskop”, at the same time as the Lumière Brothers in France and Edison in America, and thereby co-invented “moving pictures” in their very own, poetic, poor, endearing and rather “un-German” way?
Philip Winter, a sound engineer and creator of sounds, arrives in Lisbon after receiving a message from director Friedrich Monroe urgently requesting him to help him with the sound track – only to discover that Friedrich has mysteriously disappeared.
Alice in the Cities
Through unforeseen circumstances the journalist Philip has to take care of little Alice on a road trip crisscrossing Germany in a search for Alice’s relatives.
The State of Things A film about what happens to a film crew if they run out of money.
Wings of Desire
An angel allegory filmed in divided Berlin following the story of e two angels, Damiel and Cassiel as they watch over the people below.
Filmed at the Cannes film festival in 1982, Wenders asked film directors whether cinema is an art form about to die.
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