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FARAWAY, SO CLOSE!
1993

Director:
Wim Wenders

Screenplay:
Wim Wenders
Ulrich Zieger
Richard Reitinger

Director of Photography:
Jürgen Jürges

Editor:
Peter Przygodda

Musical Score:
Laurent Petitgand

Music:
Laurie Anderson
Jane Siberry
Simon Bonney
Lou Reed
Herbert Grönemeyer
U2
Johnny Cash
The House of Love
Nick Cave

Production Design: Albrecht Konrad

Costume Design:
Esther Walz

Cast:
Otto Sander
Peter Falk
Horst Buchholz Nastassja Kinski Heinz Rühmann
Bruno Ganz
Solveig Dommartin Rüdiger Vogler Willem Dafoe

Guest Appearances: Michail Gorbatschov
Lou Reed

Festivals/Awards:
1993 Cannes, Grand Prix of the Jury
1993 Bavarian Film Prize (Director)

Producer:
Ulrich Felsberg

Production:
Road Movies Filmproduktion/Berlin

Length:
146 min.

Format:
35mm B&W and Colour

Original Title:
In Weiter Ferne, So Nah!

 

 

The film opens with the angel Cassiel (Otto Sander) standing on the statue of the Angel of Victory overlooking post-Cold War Berlin. Growing ever more despondent over his fate as a mere observer of human life, rather than a vital part of it, Cassiel dreams of "crossing over" to the human world.



And he does, as Karl Engel, a man who perhaps knows too much, perhaps like in many of Hitchcock's films, some harmless citizen who gets involved in an affair to which he is not up to. In fact, there is no one as kind and harmless as this newborn citizen of the Earth.

We will follow Cassiels's adventures into a "thriller." This story which gets mangled with his own life is about weapons, more precisely about a weapon deal where the weapons - or INSTRUMENTS of violence -- are traded for IMAGES of violence





 

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