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Wings of Desire
In director Wim Wenders' (Paris, Texas) most metaphysical work, a guardian angel desires nothing more than to be human. Presented in a stunning new restoration.
Fantasy 1987 128 mins
Director: Wim Wenders
Every day, Damiel (Bruno Ganz; The American Friend, Downfall) listens to the thoughts of mortals who play their lives out on the streets of West Berlin. He finds himself entranced by a trapeze artist (Solveig Dommartin, Until the End of the World) whose eloquent expression of her doubts and fears makes him yearn for a life where he can feel happiness and love.
As with A Matter of Life and Death, the afterlife here is a world in monochrome. Only the living can see in full colour and it is their lives, with their moments of sorrow and joy, that Wim Wenders captures so eloquently in this singularly poetic film co-written with Peter Handke (The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick, Wrong Move). Winner of the Best Director prize at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival, Wings of Desire is both a paean to Germany's capital and a vital rumination on human existence itself. Wenders' masterwork is now presented in a stunning new restoration.
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