Close Up

6 - 21 August 2022: Wings of Desire


Wings of Desire
Wim Wenders, 1987, 127 min
German, English & French with English subtitles  

"Wings of Desire, written in collaboration with Peter Handke and based on Wenders's reading of Rilke, posits two sad and sober trench coat-clad angels whose beat is Berlin. Unseen, but not entirely unnoticed, and with a tender gravity, they cradle, comfort, bear witness, relish absurdity, cherish thoughts. Among the mortals the angels encounter are an aging writer absorbed in memories of a devastated Germany; an actor (Peter Falk) on location shooting a film about the Nazi era; and a lovely, lonely trapeze artist (Solveig Dommartin) for whom Ganz's angel finally falls. Heaven can wait." – Judy Bloch

Screening as part of our Close-Up on Wim Wenders programme