• A Fuller Life - Samantha Fuller directs film about her father
  • The 1991 film that predicted the iPad, Google Glass and more
  • Cathedrals of Culture - Official Trailer
  • The Salt of the Earth at Telluride Film Festival
  • The Salt of the Eart' wins Un Certain Regard Special Prize at Cannes
  • Paris, Texas - returns to Cannes for 30th Anniversary
Berlin to Give Lifetime Achievement Award to Wim Wenders

The Berlin International Film Festival will honor legendary German director Wim Wenders with a Golden Bear award for his life's work.

On Feb. 12, 2015, Berlin will screen Wenders' “angels in Berlin” classic Wings of Desire at the festival, part of a multi-film homage. “In dedicating the homage to Wim Wenders, we honor one of the most noted contemporary auteurs. His cross-genre and multifaceted work as a filmmaker, photographer and author has shaped our living memory of cinema, and continues to inspire other filmmakers,” said Dieter Kosslick, director of the Berlin Festival.

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October  Rome Film Festival: Wim Wenders on the Merits of Slowing Down
A Fuller Life - a film by Samantha Fuller about her father, director Sam Fuller

Wim Wenders doing his best Sam Fuller impression in 'A Fuller Life'
For the hundredth anniversary of her father’s birth, Samantha Fuller is offering us a look at his archive. The director found dozens of unreleased 16-mm film reels with footage from the Second World War, which became the point of departure for her film. A series of illustrious actors and directors meet in Fuller’s fascinating study and office: Jennifer Beals, William Friedkin, Monte Hellman, Tim Roth, Bill Duke, Wim Wenders, James Franco, and many others, read excerpts from Fuller’s autobiography, A Third Face: A Tale of Writing, Fighting, and Filmmaking. The film deftly combines stories with the found film footage and offers a sympathetic homage to one of the most interesting and controversial figures in American cinema.

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Sam Fuller in Wim Wenders' The State of Things (1982)
Behind the Scenes - Shooting Wim Wenders for 'A Fuller Life'

September  The 1991 film that predicted the iPad, Google Glass and more

William Hurt in Until the End of the World
By Kyle Smith  l  September 10, 2014  l  New York Post
Until the End of the World - The movie foretold the centrality to our lives of Skype, the iPad, cellphones, high-def flat-screen television, on-board GPS, E-ZPass, search engines and even the way potentially sinister software lulls the user with an interface of cute cartoon characters. However none of that is why the film seems so haunting, prescient and profound. “UTEOTW” is a chilling futurist parable with few parallels in the history of cinema.
“UTEOTW” has always held a unique place in my heart: It’s the first film I ever saw in New York, where I little thought I’d someday be a film critic. Despite its obscurity (and the fact that until this week I hadn’t seen it in 22 years), I think about it nearly every day as I watch blissed-out iZombies stumble down the street staring lovingly at the faraway signals popping out of their smartphones while utterly blind and oblivious to their actual surroundings.

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September   The Salt of the Earth - at Telluride Film Festival
The Special Prize winner at this year’s Cannes Film Festival Un Certain Regard section, "The Salt of The Earth" is a mesmeric and unforgettable look at the world and it sufferings through the eyes of a remarkably insightful and honorable artist.
"The Salt Of The Earth is as often breathtakingly beautiful as the photographer's images. Some of the black and white photography is awe-inspiring, much like Salgado’s snapshots. Wenders’ soulful banquet of sound, music, imagery and vision is a feast for the senses and often tremendously moving, like a hushed cathedral of worship for Salgado’s vivid revelations."

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May   The Salt of the Earth - a film by Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado

During the last forty years, the photographer Sebastião Salgado has been travelling through the continents, in the footsteps of an ever changing humanity. He has witnessed the major events of our recent history ; international conflicts, starvations and exodus… He is now embarking on the discovery of pristine territories, of the wild fauna and flora, of grandiose landscapes : a huge photographic project which is a tribute to the planet's beauty. Sebastião's Salgado's life and work are revealed to us by his son, Juliano, who went with him during his last journeys, and by Wim Wenders, a photographer himself.

"Standing Ovation at Cannes for 'Salt of the Earth' "   "Wim Wenders confirms his mastery of the documentary form..."
  "...Wim teamed up with Salgado's son Juliano. Together they made something unique..."
"...Filled to the brim with evidence of Salgado’s unique photographic eye..."   "...A fitting tribute to an inspirational figure...."   "...Visually arresting...."
Thirty Years after it premiered and won the Palme d’Or one of Wim Wenders’s most iconic films returned to the illustrious Cannes Film Festival. On May 21st, Paris, Texas was shown in the Cannes Classics category at the Salle du Soixantième in attendance of Wim Wenders.
PARIS, TEXAS is available on DVD and Blu-ray   More information about the 30th anniversary   Original footage from the 1984 premiere in Cannes
May   The European Film Academy receives Médaille Charlemagne

Aachens Major Marcel Philipp, EFA-President Wim Wenders, EFA CEO Marion Döring and Michael Kayser, CEO of the organization "Médaille Charlemagne"
The European Film Academy (EFA) received the "Médaille Charlemagne pour les Médias Européens". The EFA, who is presided over by Wim Wenders, has been honored for its contribution to unite more than 3000 filmmakers from the whole of Europe.

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April 26  Essen - An evening with Wim at PACT Zollverein

The Event: Wim Wenders hosted an evening at the PACT Zollverein in connection with the 40th Anniversary of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch. During the course of the evening Wim gave insight into his multi genre work via film clips and conversations with surprise guests.

His 3D film PINA, winner of the European Film Award in 2011, was dedicated to the dancer and choreographer Pina Bausch and honored the Tanztheater Wuppertal as a cultural institution of Germany's historical industrial center, the Ruhrgebiet. Several of the scenes in PINA were shot against the background of the impressive sights at the Stiftung Zollverein.

About Stiftung Zollverein: After its closure, the once largest hard coal mine in Europe has developed into a lively and internationally recognised location for art, culture and the creative industry. Every year, more than one million guests from every part of the world visit numerous events at the Zollverein UNESCO World Heritage Site, among them established formats such as ExtraSchicht, C3-Festival, contemporary art ruhr and many more.

For more information about this UNESCO World Heritage site, CLICK HERE
For the Zollverein Website (German only at this time) CLICK HERE

Return to Timbuktu - a documentary by Michael Meredith

Wim has joined Michael Meredith for their fourth collaboration!

Return to Timbuktu is a documentary about the power of music and it's ability to heal the war-torn country of Mali, in West Africa. For generations, Mali’s music has been an inspiration for blues and rock & roll music around the world. When Al Qaeda-backed fighters took over Northern Mail in 2012, including the legendary city of Timbuktu, more than 300,000 Malians fled. During the violence, the extremists banned music and destroyed some of Timbuktu’s rich musical heritage. For the first time ever, Timbuktu fell silent.

Now, a courageous group of Malian musicians are on a quest to keep the drums beating and the melodies flowing and to inspire thousands of refuges to return home. The camera follows their caravan of peace, bringing the key personalities to life in the midst of a humanitarian crisis that has threatened one of the world’s most significant musical traditions. The film reminds people everywhere that art is a force for peace.

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February 26  London

Wim Wenders and Australian philosopher Mary Zournazi discussed their new book Inventing Peace with Professor Jacqueline Rose at a sold-out venue at the ICA in London.

Taking the form of a written dialogue, INVENTING PEACE presents an exploration of human perception and concepts of peace. Through various cinematic, literary and artistic examples, this identifies the need to reinvent a visual and moral language for peace, providing an alternative to the inhumanity of war and violence.

Mary Zournazi is an Australian writer and philosopher. She teaches in the sociology program at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. She is the author of several books, including Hope - New Philosophies for Change (Routledge, 2003), and Keywords to War: Reviving Language in an Age of Terror (Scribe, 2007). Keywords to War was made into a radio documentary for ABC Radio National in Australia, and it was nominated for the Australian UN Media Peace Prize in 2008.

Jacqueline Rose is internationally known for her writing on feminism, psychoanalysis, literature and more recently on the politics and ideology of Israel-Palestine. Her books include The Haunting of Sylvia Plath, Sexuality in the Field of Vision, States of Fantasy, The Question of Zion, The Last Resistance and the novel Albertine. Conversations with Jacqueline Rose came out in 2010, The Jacqueline Rose Reader in 2011 and Proust Among the Nations – from Dreyfus to the Middle East early 2012. Women in Dark Times will be published by Bloomsbury this year. She is a co-founder of Independent Jewish Voices in the UK and a Fellow of the British Academy, and teaches at Queen Mary University of London.

Read the full text at the ICA website
Purchase the book here
Find more information at: www.inventing-peace.com
See also: The Philosopher and the Filmmaker

'Reading this book brings a sense of enormous privilege – the privilege of overhearing a conversation between two voices of profound seriousness and imagination. The peace they talk about is neither a matter of problem-solving nor a dream of immobile quiet; it is the remaking of the world by patient looking, educated in compassion and self-awareness. We learn something essential of what art is (not least the art of the film-maker) and of how it is the necessary nourishment for a humane public life.'
Rowan Williams, Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, and former Archbishop of Canterbury
'Two expert world watchers on a train of thought. The scholar and the image-maker enlarge PEACE by uncovering it in each other and in the world around them, rather than just willing it to be.'
February 12  CATHEDRALS OF CULTURE world premiered in Berlinale Special

A film still from the Berlin Philharmonic segment which was directed by Wim Wenders
CLICK HERE to watch a clip from the segment directed by Wim Wenders

CATHEDRALS OF CULTURE, the 3D film project about the soul of buildings, produced by Neue Road Movies (PINA) world premiered in Berlinale Special on Wednesday, Feb 12. Filmed in stunning 3D and executive produced by Wim Wenders, the films allow six iconic and very different buildings to speak for themselves. They examine human life from the unblinking perspective of a manmade structure. Six acclaimed filmmakers bring their own visual style and artistic approach to the project. Buildings, they show us, are material manifestations of human thought and action. CATHEDRALS OF CULTURE explores how each of these landmarks reflects our culture and guards our collective memory.

The directors:
Wim Wenders (Germany) - Berlin Philharmonic in Berlin, Germany
Michael Glawogger (Austria) - National Library in St. Petersburg, Russia
Michael Madsen (Denmark) – Halden Prison in Halden, Norway
Robert Redford (USA) - The Salk Institute in La Jolla, California, USA
Margreth Olin (Norway) – Opera House in Oslo, Norway
Karim Ainouz (Germany / Brazil) – Centre Pompidou in Paris, France.


February 5    3D is Drowning 'in a Lack of Imagination' (Q&A)
Every Thing Will Be Fine is your first live-action 3D drama. What have you found most difficult and most surprising about doing a drama in 3D?

Wenders: I’d need hours to elaborate on that! I don’t even know where to start … I guess the key is the actors’ “presence”… James Franco has screen presence galore. He knows what it is, he knows how to “turn it on.” Does it make a difference in 3D? Do we understand the character better? Are we closer to him and more involved in his inner life? I’m very much aware, all of the time, that we’re working on new territory. We might gain something: intensity, identification, immersion. But also, every now and then, it’ll probably mean we lose something of the old movie rules, of the convention established between audiences and filmmakers. I have given a lot of thought to the question of how 3D might become a necessary element of our film, not only an ingredient. But I would have to reveal our story in order to explain that. All I can say: It’s exciting to do a drama in 3D! It is all new for me, for us, and hopefully that excitement will translate to the viewer as well.
Source: hollywoodreporter.com   Photo: Donata Wenders
January 29   Wim Wenders: “Everything I loved I had to defend”

Mr. Wenders, you once said that at the beginning of your career you felt like a painter who was searching for a way to express time. Would you still describe your approach to making films that way?

I started making movies as an extension of painting. I worked as a painter, I wanted to be a painter, but it is difficult to catch the element of time in images. So as a painter it made a lot of sense to start using a camera. When I started out as a filmmaker, it was in the mid-to-late ’60s and video was not really invented yet. There were no artists who worked with film – except some artists in America who did it in an experimental way. Most famous was probably Andy Warhol. I thought that was the future. I don’t think of myself as a painter anymore. In photography, yes, but in filmmaking I am strictly a storyteller. For me it is all about the story that I am trying to tell. That is my dominant force.

But one can definitely see the influence painting has had on your work. Some of the frames in your films could even be landscape paintings.

Of course I still make frames in order to tell stories, but each of these frames has a function in relation to this story. My first films, short films, were non-narrative. There was no story, there was nothing happening, there were no actors. It was mostly because as a painter and later on as a filmmaker I was most interested in landscapes and places, but now I am really a storyteller.

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CATHEDRALS OF CULTURE to Screen As World Premiere in Berlinale Special

Directors Wenders, Glawogger, Madsen, Redford, Olin, Ainouz
to explore the soul of buildings

Berlin, January 17, 2014 - CATHEDRALS OF CULTURE, a 3D film project about the soul of buildings, produced by Neue Road Movies (PINA) will world premiere in Berlinale Special. Filmed in stunning 3D and executive produced by Wim Wenders, the films allow six iconic and very different buildings to speak for themselves. They examine human life from the unblinking perspective of a manmade structure. Six acclaimed filmmakers bring their own visual style and artistic approach to the project. Buildings, they show us, are material manifestations of human thought and action. CATHEDRALS OF CULTURE explores how each of these landmarks reflects our culture and guards our collective memory.

"If buildings could talk, what would they say about us?"

Wim Wenders (Germany) - Berlin Philharmonic in Berlin, Germany
Michael Glawogger (Austria) - National Library in St. Petersburg, Russia
Michael Madsen (Denmark) – Halden Prison in Halden, Norway
Robert Redford (USA) - The Salk Institute in La Jolla, California, USA
Margreth Olin (Norway) – Opera House in Oslo, Norway
Karim Ainouz (Germany / Brazil) – Centre Pompidou in Paris, France.


December 19   Wim Wenders Stiftung website launched

“People around the globe have seen my films, many have been influenced by them, and some of these films have become classics or cult films. In this sense they no longer belong to me anyways, but instead to a collective memory of cinema-goers of every age and many nationalities. It has been my desire for many years that in the future my work might belong only to itself, and thus to everyone. There is now a realistic and unique opportunity for this dream to come true.”

In the fall of 2012 this desire began to be fulfilled. The establishment of the Wim Wenders Foundation in Düsseldorf created a legally binding framework to bring together the cinematic, photographic, artistic and literary lifework of Wim Wenders in his native country and to make it permanently accessible to the general public worldwide. The non-profit foundation model ensures that the whole body of work remains beyond the reach of any form of private self-interest.

All proceeds will be used to finance the purpose of the foundation: the promotion of the arts and culture through the preservation, restoration, research and distribution of Wenders’ work on the one hand and through the support of young talents in the area of innovative cinematic narration on the other.

Wim Wenders Stiftung website

December 15   The philosopher and the filmmaker

Ten years ago Wim Wenders began a conversation with Mary Zournazi on war and peace. Drawing on philosophy, art and cinema their dialogue evolved into a sustained meditation on perception in a world of rapidly multiplying images. We join the philosopher and the filmmaker on their quest to make peace visible. Can an adequate moral and visual language for peace be defined in the clamour of the times?

Wim Wenders and Mary Zournazi (Image courtesy of Jerry Sohn)

Interview, text and photo from: The Philospher's Zone / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

September   Inventing Peace - by Wim Wenders and Mary Zournazi

Wim Wenders and Mary Zournazi's Inventing Peace revolves around the question of how we look at the world, but do not see it when there is so much war, injustice, suffering and violence.

What are the ethical and moral consequences of looking, but not seeing, and most of all: what has become to the notion of PEACE in all this?

In the form of a written dialogue, Wim Wenders and Mary Zournazi consider this question as one of the fundamental questions of our times and consider the need to reinvent a visual and moral language for peace.

Inspired by various cinematic, philosophical, literary and artistic examples Wenders and Zournazi reflect on the need for a change of perception in everyday life as well as in the creation of images. In its unique style and method, Inventing Peace demonstrates an approach to peace through sacred, ethical and spiritual means, helping to make peace visible and tangible in new and unforeseen ways.

Accompanying the book are two films – Invisible Crimes and War in Peace – made by Wim Wenders and accessible through codes printed inside the book.

Visit www.inventing-peace.com for more details.

August 13   'Every Thing Will Be Fine' now shooting in Montreal, Canada.
James Franco and Wim Wenders on the set of Every Thing Will Be Fine in Montreal. The cast of Wim Wenders' new 3D feature film also includes Charlotte Gainsbourg and Canadian actress Marie-Josee Croze.
May 24   Robert Redford Joins Wim Wenders' CATHEDRALS OF CULTURE Project

Salk Institute
Robert Redford has joined Wim Wenders' 3D project ‘Cathedrals of Culture‘, a documentary series of six films, each by a different director.

Redford, who has been earning rave reviews in Cannes this year for his performance as the abandoned sailor in All Is Lost, will direct the episode dedicated to the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California, a building by architect Louis Kahn.

Said Redford,
"The Salk Institute has spoken to me since I first laid eyes on it. The result of a collaboration between an artist and a scientist, it epitomizes a design that understands how dramatically creativity drives discovery. I thank Wim Wenders for this terrific opportunity".

Wenders commented:
"I’m utterly happy and excited to welcome Robert Redford as one of the fellow directors for our series. The six of us will each dedicate all our attention, craft and art to an outstanding building, not only trying to uncover its soul, but also making the best possible use of this wonderful new tool we’ve been given: 3D."

British director James Marsh, Danish filmmaker Michael Madsen, Brazilian Karim Ainouz and Austrian helmer Michael Glawogger, along with Wenders and Redford, will each helm a 26-minute episode in the series, allowing the audience to experience the intimate exchange between the buildings and their users.

The 'Cathedrals of Culture' series will air in 3D and 2D in 2014.

Source: filmofilia        Salk Institute website

May 7    James Franco to Star in Wim Wenders' 'Every Thing Will Be Fine'

James Franco
LONDON – James Franco has signed to star in director Wim Wenders’ 3D project Every Thing Will Be Fine. Franco will play a writer who accidentally causes the death of a child in the story that follows him over the next 12 years as he looks for the footprints of the accident on his life, as well as on the life of the child’s mother....

Source: hollywoodreporter.com

James Franco is a busy guy, but he seems willing to make time for the right project, and that includes working with one of the best-respected filmmakers in the European cinema.
It was announced Tuesday that Franco has signed on to star in "Every Thing Will Be Fine," a new film from director Win Wenders. The celebrated German filmmaker is best known for the movies "Wings of Desire," "Paris, Texas," "Until The End Of The World," "The American Friend," and the Oscar-nominated dance film "Pina." Wenders has most recently been working in documentaries, short pieces, and European television projects, and "Every Thing Will Be Fine" will be his first dramatic feature since "Palermo Shooting" in 2008.
In "Every Thing Will Be Fine," Franco will play an author who accidentally finds himself implicated in the death of a child. Over the next twelve years, the author struggles to make peace with himself as he watches the effects the child's death has on its family, as well as the toll responsibility takes on himself.
Unusual for what seems like a small scale and personal story, Wenders has announced "Every Thing Will Be Fine" will be shot in 3-D. Wenders told a reporter, "I’m convinced that the medium lends itself really well to an intimate story."
The film is slated to begin shooting in August on locations in Montreal. Bjorn-Olaf Johannessen wrote the screenplay, and Gian-Piero Ringel will produce through Wenders' production company Neue Road Movies....

source: yahoo movies

March 23    PushYourArt - 3D Art Contest 2013

Wim Wenders at the PushYourArt Public conference at Palais de Tokyo in Paris
PushYourArt is the first international competition involving artistic creation and technological innovation. Theme for this year was the 3D relief.
Following the reception of more than one hundred application from all over Europe, the prestigious jury selected 10 candidates to participate in a 3-day Master Class with 3D experts and contemporary art specialists in Paris.
Wim Wenders came especially to Paris to have a special encounter with the candidates. Fervent advocate of the 3D, he asked the candidates about their artistic projects and touched on several topics: the genesis of his movie Pina, the artistic potential of the 3D and the current use of this medium by the film industry.
Wim Wenders also gave a public conference at Palais de Tokyo on Saturday March 23rd. Over 250 spectators attended the conference and watched If building could talk, a 3D movie of the German director presented in 2010 at the Biennial of architecture of Venice.

Watch an Interview with Wim and find more info on the PushYourArt WEBSITE

Fore more info and additional photos of the Master Class, CLICK HERE
Mar 17   Cinematographer Robby Müller receives ASC International Award

Wim Wenders honoring Robby Müller at the Eye Institute in Amsterdam
The American Society of Cinematographers honored cinematographer Robby Müller with the ASC International Award. As Robby Müller could not travel to Los Angeles to receive the award in person for health reasons, the ASC and the Netherlands Society of Cinematographers organized a special event at the Eye Institute in Amsterdam for him. Wim Wenders MC'd the evening and talked about their numerous collaborations. The evening concluded with a showing of ALICE IN THE CITIES, as kindly requested by Robby himself.

Visit the Eye Institute website      Have a look at Robby Müller's Filmography

Jan 28    Wim at the National Film and Television School in London

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