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Wings of Desire

Kino Dreams: Wim Wenders Retrospective

Wim Wenders returned to a still divided Germany to make Wings Of Desire, which he went on to win “Best Director” for at Cannes in 1987.

"...the angels silently observe and comfort the troubled mortals."

The original title translates as The Sky Over Berlin, and it is an imaginative portrait of the city as seen through the eyes of two angels. Damiel (Bruno Ganz) and Cassiel (Otto Sander) are angels who watch over Berlin, intimately acquainted with the history of the city and the thoughts of its citizens. Their presence is brilliantly captured by veteran cinematographer Henri Alekan, whose fluid camera tracks and glides in appropriately mysterious ways as the angels silently observe and comfort the troubled mortals.

The angels discover the simple pleasures of physical existence, with Damiel becoming fully human through his love for Marion (Solveig Dommartin), a beautiful trapeze artist who performs her own flying act in a travelling circus. There's also the vivid presence of American screen icon Peter Falk, playing an ex-angel who's making a movie about Germany's Nazi past.

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