Aero Theatre
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Fri, Nov 11, 2011
7:30pm
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THE OBSERVANT SEARCHER: A WIM WENDERS RETROSPECTIVE
Double Feature! Wim Wenders In Person!
WINGS OF DESIRE / FARAWAY SO CLOSE!
Co-Presented by AFI FEST 2011
Discussion between films with director Wim Wenders.
WINGS OF DESIRE
1987, Janus Films, 127 min, West Germany, Dir: Wim Wenders

Wim Wenders’ most fully realized cinematic vision follows Damiel (Bruno Ganz), an angel having pangs of longing as he observes the lives of mortals in Berlin, specifically the beautiful, ethereal trapeze artist Marion (Solveig Dommartin). Peter Falk essentially plays himself, a philosophical film and TV star (often addressed as "Columbo" by other characters!), who is making a movie in Germany and is one of the few people who can sense the presence of the invisible celestial spirits. An achingly beautiful and poetic meditation on life and what it means to be a human being. WINGS OF DESIRE won the 1987 Best Director award at Cannes. In German with English subtitles.


FARAWAY SO CLOSE!
1993, Sony Pictures Classics, 140 min, Germany, Dir: Wim Wenders

In this sequel to WINGS OF DESIRE, Wenders' angels face post-Cold War Berlin - a world one angel, Cassiel (Otto Sandler), desperately wants to enter as a human. He does so, but his innocence and faith lead him into some difficult situations when his idealism clashes with the realities of the physical world. Bruno Ganz, Peter Falk, and Willem Dafoe costar. In German with English subtitles.


Screening formats: 35mm
Aero Theatre • Fri, Nov 11, 2011 • 7:30pm
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