Conversation with Wim Wenders, three years after winning the Golden Palm in Cannes, now in Paris to present his new film Wings of Desire, a poetic and philosophical tale in a divided Berlin.
Wim Wenders, born in 1945, is a major and symbolic figure of German and European cinema. After his film studies in Munich, in 1970, he directed his first feature-length film, Summer in The City. Wandering about, incommunicability, lack of roots: these themes and stakes were already present in the film and were an indication of future works, which was demonstrated, in addition to The Goalkeeper's Fear of the Penalty (1971), by a triptych made up of Alice in the Cities, The Wrong Move and Kings of the Road, between 1975 and 1976.
The following films increasingly questioned the relationship America had with film-making. The American Friend (1977), Nick's Movie (1980), Hammett (1982) and The State of Things (1982) led to the creation of Paris, Texas, Wenders's first genuine triumph, which earned him a Golden Palm in Cannes in 1984. 1987's Wings of Desire, based on a script by Peter Handke, gave viewers a new and poetic look at Berlin. From the beginning of the 1990s, Wenders was less inspired but scored another hit with both critics and viewers with the Cuban music film, Buena Vista Social Club, in 1999, and with the 2003 blues film The Soul of a Man. This return to form was confirmed by 2005's fiction film, Don't Come Knockin'.