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Wim Wenders

Born: August 14, 1945, Düsseldorf, Rhine Province - Germany

Ernst Wilhelm “Wim” Wenders is a German filmmaker, playwright, author, photographer, and a major figure in New German Cinema.

Among many honors, he has received three nominations for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for “Buena Vista Social” Club (1999), about Cuban music culture, “Pina” (2011), about the contemporary dance choreographer Pina Bausch, and “The Salt of the Earth” (2014), about Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado.

One of Wenders' earliest honors was a win for the BAFTA Award for Best Direction for his narrative drama “Paris, Texas” (1984), which also won the Palme d'Or at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival. Many of his subsequent films have also been recognized at Cannes, including “Wings of Desire” (1987), for which Wenders won the Best Director Award at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival.

Wenders has been the president of the European Film Academy in Berlin since 1996.

Alongside filmmaking, he is an active photographer, emphasizing images of desolate landscapes. He is considered to be an auteur director.

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Submergence (2018)

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In a room with no windows on the eastern coast of Africa, an Englishman, James Moore, is held captive by jihadist fighters. Thousands of miles away in the Greenland Sea, Danielle Flinders prepares to dive in a submersible to the ocean floor. In their confines they are drawn back to the Christmas of the previous year, where a chance encounter on a beach in France led to an intense and enduring romance.

59 2018 112
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Pope Francis: A Man of His Word (2018)

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Pope Francis responds to questions from around the world, discussing topics including ecology, immigration, consumerism and social justice.

55 2018 96
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Every Thing Will Be Fine (2015)

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One day, driving aimlessly around the outskirts of town after a trivial domestic quarrel, a writer named Tomas accidentally hits and kills a child. Will he be able to move on?

54 2015 118
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The Salt of the Earth (2014)

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During the last forty years, the photographer Sebastiao Salgado has been travelling through the continents, in the footsteps of an ever changing humanity. He has witnessed the major events of our recent history ; international conflicts, starvations and exodus… He is now embarking on the discovery of pristine territories, of the wild fauna and flora, of grandiose landscapes : a huge photographic project which is a tribute to the planet's beauty. Sebastiao's Salgado's life and work are revealed to us by his son, Juliano, who went with him during his last journeys, and by Wim Wenders, a photographer himself.

84 2014 109
Poster of Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction
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Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction (2012)

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Documentary looking back at the career of the popular character actor Harry Dean Stanton, featuring songs performed by Stanton.

73 2012 76
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Pina (2011)

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PINA is a feature-length dance film in 3D with the ensemble of the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, featuring the unique and inspiring art of the great German choreographer, who died in the summer of 2009.

77 2011 106
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Palermo Shooting (2008)

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After the wild life-style of a famous young German photographer almost gets him killed, he goes to Palermo, Sicily to take a brake. Can the beautiful city and a beautiful local woman help him calm himself down?

62 2008 108
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Don't Come Knocking (2005)

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Howard Spence has seen better days. Once a big Western movie star, he now drowns his disgust for his selfish and failed life with alcohol, drugs and young women. If he were to die now, nobody would shed a tear over him, thats the sad truth. Until one day Howard learns that he might have a child somewhere out there...

67 2005 123
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Land of Plenty (2004)

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After living abroad, Lana returns to the United States, and finds that her uncle is a reclusive vagabond with psychic wounds from the Vietnam War.

65 2004 123
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Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet (2002)

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Ten Minutes Older is a 2002 film project consisting of two compilation feature films entitled The Trumpet and The Cello. The project was conceived by the producer Nicolas McClintock1 as a reflection on the theme of time at the turn of the Millennium. Fifteen celebrated film-makers were invited to create their own vision of what time means in ten minutes of film.

73 2002 92
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The Million Dollar Hotel (2000)

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The Million Dollar Hotel starts with a jump from a roof top that clears up a death in a hotel that was burning to the ground where a lot of strange people had been living. The film was made in collaboration with Bono and the soundtrack is also from U2.

59 2000 122
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Buena Vista Social Club (1999)

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In this fascinating Oscar-nominated documentary, American guitarist Ry Cooder brings together a group of legendary Cuban folk musicians (some in their 90s) to record a Grammy-winning CD in their native city of Havana. The result is a spectacular compilation of concert footage from the groups gigs in Amsterdam and New York Citys famed Carnegie Hall, with director Wim Wenders capturing not only the music -- but also the musicians life stories.

76 1999 105
Poster of The End of Violence
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The End of Violence (1997)

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Mike Max is a Hollywood producer who became powerful and rich thanks to brutal and bloody action films. His ignored wife Paige is close to leaving him. Suddenly Mike is kidnapped by two bandits, but escapes and hides out with his Mexican gardener's family for a while. At the same time, surveillance expert Ray Bering is looking for what happens in the city, but it is not clear what he wants. The police investigation for Max's disappearance is led by detective Doc Block, who falls in love with actress Cat who is playing in ongoing Max's production.

56 1997 122
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Beyond the Clouds (1995)

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Made of four short tales, linked by a story filmed by Wim Wenders. Taking place in Ferrara, Portofino, Aix en Provence and Paris, each story, which always a woman as the crux of the story, invites to an inner travel, as Antonioni says \towards the true image of that absolute and mysterious reality that nobody will ever see\.

65 1995 112
Poster of Wings of Desire
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Wings of Desire (1987)

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Wings of Desire is Wim Wender’s artistically beautiful film about the lonely and immortal life of angels during a post-war Berlin. It’s a poetic journey from the perspective of the angels of which one falls in love with a living woman and wants to become a mortal human thus giving up his heavenly life. Filmed in black and white and with a feeling of celebrating life.

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Poster of Paris, Texas
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Paris, Texas (1984)

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A man wanders out of the desert not knowing who he is. His brother finds him, and helps to pull his memory back of the life he led before he walked out on his family and disappeared four years earlier.

81 1984 147
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Hammett (1982)

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\This is an entirely imaginary story about the writer Dashiell Hammett, who... in the words of one of his most gifted contemporaries... helped get murder out of the vicar's rose garden and back to the people who are really good at it. The detective story has not been the same since.\ So begins Hammett, the atmospheric and exciting tale of a young mystery writer who really lives the hard-boiled life he writes about -- and learns to dig beneath the surface of his characters to reveal their deeper, darker motivations.

65 1982 97
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The American Friend (1977)

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Tom Ripley, who deals in forged art, suggests a picture framer he knows would make a good hit man.

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Alice in the Cities (1974)

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German journalist Philip Winter has a case of writer’s block when trying to write an article about the United States. He decides to return to Germany, and while trying to book a flight, encounters a German woman and her nine year old daughter Alice doing the same. The three become friends (almost out of necessity) and while the mother asks Winter to mind Alice temporarily, it quickly becomes apparent that Alice will be his responsibility for longer than he expected. After returning to Europe, the innocent friendship between Winter and Alice grows as they travel together through various European cities on a quest for Alice’s grandmother.

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