Wim Wenders

Ernst Wilhelm "Wim" Wenders is a German film director, playwright, author, photographer and producer.

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Buena Vista Social Club (1999)

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 ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wim Wenders
CAST:  Ry Cooder  •  Compay Segundo  •  Juan de Marcos González  •  Eliades Ochoa

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 ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wim Wenders
CAST:  Ry Cooder  •  Compay Segundo  •  Juan de Marcos González  •  Eliades Ochoa

Don't Come Knocking (2005)

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, that's the sad truth. Until one day Howard ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wim Wenders
CAST:  Sam Shepard  •  Jessica Lange  •  Sarah Polley  •  Tim Roth

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, that's the sad truth. Until one day Howard ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wim Wenders
CAST:  Sam Shepard  •  Jessica Lange  •  Sarah Polley  •  Tim Roth

Hammett (1982)

Chinatown, San Francisco, 1928. Former private detective Dashiell Hammett, a compulsive drinker with tuberculosis who writes pulp fiction for a living, receives an unexpected visit from an old friend asking for help.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wim Wenders
CAST:  Frederic Forrest  •  Peter Boyle  •  Marilu Henner  •  Roy Kinnear

Chinatown, San Francisco, 1928. Former private detective Dashiell Hammett, a compulsive drinker with tuberculosis who writes pulp fiction for a living, receives an unexpected visit from an old friend asking for help.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wim Wenders
CAST:  Frederic Forrest  •  Peter Boyle  •  Marilu Henner  •  Roy Kinnear

Lisbon Story (1994)

Lisbon Story is Wim Wenders' homage to Lisbon and films. A sound engineer obtains a mysterious postcard from a friend who at the moment is filming a film in Lisbon. He sets out across Europe to find him and help him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wim Wenders
CAST:  Rüdiger Vogler  •  Patrick Bauchau  •  Vasco Sequeira  •  Teresa Salgueiro

Lisbon Story is Wim Wenders' homage to Lisbon and films. A sound engineer obtains a mysterious postcard from a friend who at the moment is filming a film in Lisbon. He sets out across Europe to find him and help him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wim Wenders
CAST:  Rüdiger Vogler  •  Patrick Bauchau  •  Vasco Sequeira  •  Teresa Salgueiro

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.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wim Wenders
CAST:  Harry Dean Stanton  •  Nastassja Kinski  •  Dean Stockwell  •  Hunter Carson

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.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wim Wenders
CAST:  Harry Dean Stanton  •  Nastassja Kinski  •  Dean Stockwell  •  Hunter Carson

The Soul of a Man (2003)

In "The Soul of A Man," director Wim Wenders looks at the dramatic tension in the blues between the sacred and the profane by exploring the music and lives of three of his favorite blues artists: Skip James, Blind Willie Johnson and J. B. Lenoir. Part history, part ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wim Wenders
CAST:  Laurence Fishburne  •  Chris Thomas King  •  Keith B. Brown  •  J.B. Lenoir

In "The Soul of A Man," director Wim Wenders looks at the dramatic tension in the blues between the sacred and the profane by exploring the music and lives of three of his favorite blues artists: Skip James, Blind Willie Johnson and J. B. Lenoir. Part history, part ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wim Wenders
CAST:  Laurence Fishburne  •  Chris Thomas King  •  Keith B. Brown  •  J.B. Lenoir

The American Friend (1977)

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

DIRECTION:  Wim Wenders
CAST:  Dennis Hopper  •  Bruno Ganz  •  Lisa Kreuzer  •  Gérard Blain

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

DIRECTION:  Wim Wenders
CAST:  Dennis Hopper  •  Bruno Ganz  •  Lisa Kreuzer  •  Gérard Blain

The Million Dollar Hotel (2000)

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.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wim Wenders
CAST:  Mel Gibson  •  Milla Jovovich  •  Jeremy Davies  •  Amanda Plummer

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.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wim Wenders
CAST:  Mel Gibson  •  Milla Jovovich  •  Jeremy Davies  •  Amanda Plummer

Tokyo-Ga (1985)

German director Wim Wenders made this documentary in which he tries to explore the Tokyo that was depicted in the films of Yasujiro Ozu. When Wenders visits Tokyo for the first time, he finds a very different city, one with a booming fascination with technology ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wim Wenders
CAST:  Yûharu Atsuta  •  Werner Herzog  •  Chishū Ryū  •  Chris Marker

German director Wim Wenders made this documentary in which he tries to explore the Tokyo that was depicted in the films of Yasujiro Ozu. When Wenders visits Tokyo for the first time, he finds a very different city, one with a booming fascination with technology ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wim Wenders
CAST:  Yûharu Atsuta  •  Werner Herzog  •  Chishū Ryū  •  Chris Marker

Until the End of the World (1991)

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Set in 1999, Claire's life is forever changed after she survives a car crash with some bank robbers, who enlist her help to take the money to a drop in Paris. On the way she runs into another fugitive from the law Dr. Farber, an American who is being chased by the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wim Wenders
CAST:  Solveig Dommartin  •  William Hurt  •  Tom Waits  •  Chick Ortega

Set in 1999, Claire's life is forever changed after she survives a car crash with some bank robbers, who enlist her help to take the money to a drop in Paris. On the way she runs into another fugitive from the law Dr. Farber, an American who is being chased by the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wim Wenders
CAST:  Solveig Dommartin  •  William Hurt  •  Tom Waits  •  Chick Ortega

Wings of Desire (1987)

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Two angels, Damiel and Cassiel, glide through the streets of Berlin, observing the bustling population, providing invisible rays of hope to the distressed but never interacting with them. When Damiel falls in love with lonely trapeze artist Marion, the angel longs ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wim Wenders
CAST:  Bruno Ganz  •  Otto Sander  •  Solveig Dommartin  •  Curt Bois

Two angels, Damiel and Cassiel, glide through the streets of Berlin, observing the bustling population, providing invisible rays of hope to the distressed but never interacting with them. When Damiel falls in love with lonely trapeze artist Marion, the angel longs ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wim Wenders
CAST:  Bruno Ganz  •  Otto Sander  •  Solveig Dommartin  •  Curt Bois

Land of Plenty (2004)

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.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wim Wenders
CAST:  Michelle Williams  •  John Diehl  •  Shaun Toub  •  Burt Young

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.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wim Wenders
CAST:  Michelle Williams  •  John Diehl  •  Shaun Toub  •  Burt Young

Lumière and Company (1995)

40 international directors were asked to make a short film using the original Cinematographe invented by the Lumière Brothers, working under conditions similar to those of 1895. There were three rules: (1) The film could be no longer than 52 seconds, (2) no ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lynch  •  Spike Lee  •  James Ivory  •  Andrei Konchalovsky  •  Liv Ullmann  •  Peter Greenaway  •  Lasse Hallström  •  Bigas Luna  •  Gabriel Axel  •  Merzak Allouache  •  Patrice Leconte  •  Cédric Klapisch  •  Costa-Gavras  •  Michael Haneke  •  Theo Angelopoulos  •  Wim Wenders  •  Fernando Trueba  •  John Boorman  •  Claude Miller  •  Raymond Depardon  •  Abbas Kiarostami  •  Alain Corneau  •  Zhang Yimou  •  Claude Lelouch  •  Lucian Pintilie  •  Arthur Penn  •  Vicente Aranda  •  Jacques Rivette  •  Helma Sanders-Brahms  •  Youssef Chahine  •  Régis Wargnier  •  Francis Girod  •  Idrissa Ouédraogo  •  Jerry Schatzberg  •  Hugh Hudson  •  Ismail Merchant  •  Gaston Kaboré  •  Jaco Van Dormael  •  Sarah Moon  •  Nadine Trintignant  •  Yoshishige Yoshida
CAST:  Jeffe Alperi  •  Romane Bohringer  •  Bruno Ganz  •  Ticky Holgado

40 international directors were asked to make a short film using the original Cinematographe invented by the Lumière Brothers, working under conditions similar to those of 1895. There were three rules: (1) The film could be no longer than 52 seconds, (2) no ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lynch  •  Spike Lee  •  James Ivory  •  Andrei Konchalovsky  •  Liv Ullmann  •  Peter Greenaway  •  Lasse Hallström  •  Bigas Luna  •  Gabriel Axel  •  Merzak Allouache  •  Patrice Leconte  •  Cédric Klapisch  •  Costa-Gavras  •  Michael Haneke  •  Theo Angelopoulos  •  Wim Wenders  •  Fernando Trueba  •  John Boorman  •  Claude Miller  •  Raymond Depardon  •  Abbas Kiarostami  •  Alain Corneau  •  Zhang Yimou  •  Claude Lelouch  •  Lucian Pintilie  •  Arthur Penn  •  Vicente Aranda  •  Jacques Rivette  •  Helma Sanders-Brahms  •  Youssef Chahine  •  Régis Wargnier  •  Francis Girod  •  Idrissa Ouédraogo  •  Jerry Schatzberg  •  Hugh Hudson  •  Ismail Merchant  •  Gaston Kaboré  •  Jaco Van Dormael  •  Sarah Moon  •  Nadine Trintignant  •  Yoshishige Yoshida
CAST:  Jeffe Alperi  •  Romane Bohringer  •  Bruno Ganz  •  Ticky Holgado

Faraway, So Close! (1993)

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Damiel is now married to Marion, runs the pizzeria “Da Angelo” and the two have a child. The solitarily remaining angel Cassiel is more and more dissatisfied with his destiny as a mere observer of human life and finally decides to take the great leap. As Karl Engel ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wim Wenders
CAST:  Otto Sander  •  Bruno Ganz  •  Nastassja Kinski  •  Peter Falk

Damiel is now married to Marion, runs the pizzeria “Da Angelo” and the two have a child. The solitarily remaining angel Cassiel is more and more dissatisfied with his destiny as a mere observer of human life and finally decides to take the great leap. As Karl Engel ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wim Wenders
CAST:  Otto Sander  •  Bruno Ganz  •  Nastassja Kinski  •  Peter Falk

Helsinki Napoli - All Night Long (1987)

Alex is a Finnish taxi driver in Berlin. One evening pits two men feel comfortable in his taxi with a briefcase full of money, but unfortunately for Alex's money stolen and a group of gangsters are at the nape of the two. Soon it comes to shooting, and when the two ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mika Kaurismäki
CAST:  Kari Väänänen  •  Roberta Manfredi  •  Jean-Pierre Castaldi  •  Margi Clarke

Alex is a Finnish taxi driver in Berlin. One evening pits two men feel comfortable in his taxi with a briefcase full of money, but unfortunately for Alex's money stolen and a group of gangsters are at the nape of the two. Soon it comes to shooting, and when the two ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mika Kaurismäki
CAST:  Kari Väänänen  •  Roberta Manfredi  •  Jean-Pierre Castaldi  •  Margi Clarke

Edgar G. Ulmer: The Man Off-Screen (2004)

Documentary on the life and work of B-movie filmmaker Edgar G. Ulmer, spanning from his early life to his last film.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Palm
CAST:  Joe Dante  •  Peter Bogdanovich  •  John Landis  •  Wim Wenders

Documentary on the life and work of B-movie filmmaker Edgar G. Ulmer, spanning from his early life to his last film.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Palm
CAST:  Joe Dante  •  Peter Bogdanovich  •  John Landis  •  Wim Wenders

Pina (2011)

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.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wim Wenders
CAST:  Regina Advento  •  Malou Airaudo  •  Ruth Amarante  •  Pina Bausch

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.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wim Wenders
CAST:  Regina Advento  •  Malou Airaudo  •  Ruth Amarante  •  Pina Bausch

Mondo Lux: The Visual Worlds of Werner Schroeter (2011)

Werner Schroeter was one of the most significant proponents of New German Cinema. Schroeter was diagnosed with cancer in 2006. In her film, Elfi Mikesch, who photographed a number of Schroeter’s films and who collaborated closely with him to create his vision, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Elfi Mikesch
CAST:  Werner Schroeter  •  Isabelle Huppert  •  Ingrid Caven  •  Wim Wenders

Werner Schroeter was one of the most significant proponents of New German Cinema. Schroeter was diagnosed with cancer in 2006. In her film, Elfi Mikesch, who photographed a number of Schroeter’s films and who collaborated closely with him to create his vision, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Elfi Mikesch
CAST:  Werner Schroeter  •  Isabelle Huppert  •  Ingrid Caven  •  Wim Wenders

Janela da Alma (2001)

Nineteen people with differing degrees of visual impairment – from mild nearsightedness to total blindness – discuss how they see themselves, how they see others and how they perceive the world. Unusual images, of burning trees or empty deserts, link the interviews ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Walter Carvalho  •  João Jardim
CAST:  Evgen Bavčar  •  Raimunda da Conceição Filha  •  Felipe  •  Gabriel

Nineteen people with differing degrees of visual impairment – from mild nearsightedness to total blindness – discuss how they see themselves, how they see others and how they perceive the world. Unusual images, of burning trees or empty deserts, link the interviews ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Walter Carvalho  •  João Jardim
CAST:  Evgen Bavčar  •  Raimunda da Conceição Filha  •  Felipe  •  Gabriel

Summer in the City (1971)

Released from prison a man wanders through a new reality  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wim Wenders
CAST:  Hanns Zischler  •  Edda Köchl  •  Libgart Schwarz  •  Marie Bardischewski

Released from prison a man wanders through a new reality  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wim Wenders
CAST:  Hanns Zischler  •  Edda Köchl  •  Libgart Schwarz  •  Marie Bardischewski
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