Wings of Desire

Wings of Desire

Wings of Desire

Wim Wenders earned a directing award at Cannes for his romantic fantasy tale of an angel who wishes to become mortal for the sake of love.

"The angels in Wings of Desire are not merely guardian angels, placed on Earth to look after human beings. They are witnesses, and they have been watching for a long time--since the beginning. Standing on a concrete river bank in Berlin, they recall that it took a long time before the primeval river found its bed. They remember the melting of the glaciers. They are a reflection of the solitude of God, who created everything and then had no one to witness what he had done; the role of the angels is to see.

"In Wim Wenders’ film, they move invisibly through the divided city of Berlin, watching, listening, comparing notes. Often they stand on high places--the shoulder of a heroic statue, the tops of buildings--but sometimes they descend to comfort an accident victim, or to put a hand on the shoulder of a young man considering suicide. They cannot directly change events (the young man does kill himself), but perhaps they can suggest the possibility of hope, the intuition that we are not completely alone." (Roger Ebert)

Best Director, Cannes 1987
1987Rating: PG, Adult themes, Medium level coarse language128 minsWest Germany, FranceEnglish, French and German with English subtitles
DramaFantasyRomanceClassicFestival & Independent
Director:
Wim Wenders ('Paris, Texas', 'Faraway, So Close!', 'Until the End of the World')
Writer:
Wim WendersPeter Handke
Cast:
Bruno GanzSolveig DommartinOtto SanderCurt BoisPeter Falk
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Variety

Variety

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Wim Wenders returns to Germany with a sublimely beautiful, deeply romantic film for our times.

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Time Magazine

Time Magazine

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To savor this film, the viewer must work hard too. But when the artists behind the screen and the angels in the audience meet, it's like a smoke and coffee: fantastic!

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

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For me, the film is like music or a landscape: It clears a space in my mind, and in that space I can consider questions.

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Variety

Variety

press

Wim Wenders returns to Germany with a sublimely beautiful, deeply romantic film for our times.

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Time Magazine

Time Magazine

press

To savor this film, the viewer must work hard too. But when the artists behind the screen and the angels in the audience meet, it's like a smoke and coffee: fantastic!

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

For me, the film is like music or a landscape: It clears a space in my mind, and in that space I can consider questions.

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