Wings of Desire
aka Der Himmel über Berlin
First screened in July 1999 / Most recently screened in April 2012
Director: Wim Wenders. Cast: Bruno Ganz, Solveig Dommartin, Otto Sander, Peter Falk, Curt Bois, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Screenplay: Richard Reitinger (based on a screen story by Wim Wenders and Peter Handke).

Twitter Capsule: Stunningly nuanced lensing, boldly mytho-historical conception, subcutaneous tenderness. Grandiose but sublime.

VOR:   Wonderfully unclear if angels are a metaphor for Berlin's imminent opening up or if the city's life, restless yet divided, is a metaphor for a teeming union of the living and the dead.

Photo © 1987 Road Movies Filmproduktion/Argos Films/
Westdeutscher Rundfunk, © 1988 Orion Classics

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: A

Cannes Film Festival: Best Director
New York Film Critics Circle: Best Cinematography (Henri Alekan)
Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Cinematography; Best Foreign Language Film
National Society of Film Critics: Best Cinematography
Independent Spirit Awards: Best Foreign Film
European Film Awards: Best Director; Best Supporting Actor (Bois)

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