Wim Wenders

Wim Wenders

Weitere Namen: Ernst Wilhelm Wenders (Geburtsname)
Darsteller, Regie, Drehbuch, Kamera, Schnitt, Ton, Sonstiges, Produzent, Produktionsleitung, Aufnahmeleitung
*14.08.1945 Düsseldorf

Biografie

Wim Wenders, born August 14, 1945, in Düsseldorf, as the son of a physician, made his secondary school exam in Oberhausen and then studied medicine and philosophy in Munich, Freiburg, and Düsseldorf for four semesters. In 1966/67, the student and movie buff made his first short film, "Schauplätze". Wenders then went to Paris for one year where he applied in vain for the renowned film school IDHEC. But he had more success in Munich where he was accepted at Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film and started to study in 1968 (since 1993, Wenders is a professor at HFF). He already made several short films during his studies and worked as a writer for film and rock music for the well-known journal "Filmkritik", for Süddeutsche Zeitung, and for the magazine "Twen".

In 1971, Wenders finished his first feature-length film, "Summer in the City", as his graduation film for HFF. In the same year, he founded the cooperative "Filmverlag der Autoren" together with twelve other filmmakers to support the production and distribution of New German Films. In 1971, Wenders finished "Die Angst des Tormanns beim Elfmeter" ("The Goalkeeper's Fear of the Penalty"), and thus continued his collaboration with Peter Handke, a collaboration that had begun in 1969 with the short film "3 Amerikanische LPs" ("3 American LPs"). Two years later, Wenders made his artistic breakthrough with the highly-praised road movie "Alice in den Städten" ("Alice in the Cities"). In the film, like in most of his later feature films, Wenders presented his protagonists as introspective escapists whose only personal resorts are random travels, pop music, or melancholic idleness.

In "Alice in den Städten", that won the award of German film critics in 1974, Rüdiger Vogler played the seeker in quintessential Wenders style. In "Falsche Bewegung" ("The Wrong Move", 1975), based on the screenplay by Handke and motives by Goethe, Vogler played Wilhelm Meister who starts on a journey across West Germany from the North Sea to the Zugspitze mountain.

In 1975/76, Wenders finished "Im Lauf der Zeit" ("Kings of the Road") without a definitive screenplay: The journey of two men (Vogler and Hanns Zischler) along the inter-German border bemoans the closing of movie theatres in the province and at the same time reflects the social atmosphere of the mid-1970s in West Germany. "Der amerikanische Freund" ("The American Friend", 1977), based on a novel from Patricia Highsmith's "Ripley" series, draw the interest of Francis Ford Coppola who then offered Wenders at the end of 1977 to direct the film noir homage "Hammett". Several screenplay versions, the search for the right leading actor, and disagreements about the film's ending delayed and interrupted the shooting. Thus, the film did not premiere until 1982 when it was shown in Cannes – but did not became a success.

During the breaks in the production of "Hammett", Wenders finished "Der Stand der Dinge" ("The State of Things", 1982) in Lisbon: The poetic feature film about the problems of a film crew won the Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival. "Paris, Texas", made in 1983/84 as a German-French co-production in the USA, reflected the relation between the old and the new world, a relation pivotal for Wenders, already in its title. Until then, "Paris, Texas" was his most accessible film and some critics still view it as his best film until today – the road movie about a man who is looking for his family in the Texan province won the Golden Palm at Cannes film festival and became an international success with movie goers and critics alike. At the same time, Wender withdrew from Filmverlag der Autoren because of disputes about the concept of film distribution.

Between his feature film projects, Wenders time and again turned to personal film essays that were mostly dedicated to artists worshipped by Wenders, for instance "Nicks Film" ("Lightning Over Water", 1980) about the dying of Nicholas Ray or "Tôkyô-ga" (1983/85) about Yasujiro Ozu. Wenders also worked as a producer, actor, cinematographer, or assistant director for several other projects. Since 1974, he operates his own production company Wim Wenders-Produktion, and in 1976, he set up the production company Road Movies Filmproduktion GmbH that he administers with several changing business partners.

After "Paris, Texas", his next feature film, "Der Himmel über Berlin" ("Wings of Desire"), also became a huge success with critics and movie goers alike and soon developed into a kind of "Berlin cult movie". The poetic angel allegory in the divided city premiered at the 1987 Cannes film festival and won Wenders the award of "Best director". Inspired by this huge success, Wenders took to his science fiction poem "Bis ans Ende der Welt" ("Until the End of the World", 1991) that he had been planning for over a decade – but the global, overlong road movie fell short of his own, extremely high expectations.

In 1989, the Sorbonne university in Paris appointed Wenders as an honorary doctor of theology; later he became a member of Berlin's Akademie der Künste and the chairman of the European Film Academy. In 1990, he received the Federal Cross of Merit, and in 1991 Wenders won the Murnau award. He returned to the Berlin of angels with "In weiter Ferne so nah" ("Faraway, So Close!", 1993), and also to the Lisbon of failed movie projects with "Lisbon Story" (1995). Wenders then went to the USA to film "The End of Violence" (1997) before he followed his old companion Ry Cooder, who made the music for "Paris, Texas" and "The End of Violence", to Cuba where he finished "Buena Vista Social Club" (1998), a video documentary about the old men of the Son Cubano – the film became an overwhelming world-wide success and ushered in a revival of the Cuban "Son" music.

Wenders finished his next feature film again in the USA: "The Million Dollar Hotel" (1999), with Mel Gibson as producer and leading actor, won a Silver Bear at the 2000 Berlinale but prompted mixed reactions from critics and movie goers. Wenders then made the documentary film essay "Viel passiert – Der BAP Film" ("Ode to Cologne: A Rock'n'Roll Film", 2002), the TV documentary film "The Blues: The Soul of a Man" (2003), and "Land of Plenty" (2004), a film about America that criticizes the country's media system. Wenders again won a lot of critical praise for his next feature film, "Don't Come Knocking", a road movie in the tradition of "Paris, Texas", about an aging Western star who starts to search for his daughter. The film premiered at the 2005 Cannes film festival and won the 2005 European Film Award in the category "Best Cinematography".

In 2008 Wim Wenders returned to the screen with his existentialistic drama "Palermo Shooting" featuring "Campino" Andreas Frege as a star photographer going through a serious crisis who meets death himself, played by Dennis Hopper. At the 2011 Berlin IFF, Wenders presented his extraordinary project "Pina": Shot in 3D, the dance film showcases choreographies by the late Pina Bausch, a long-time friend of Wim Wenders. The film became a big success with critics and audiences alike and won several awards, among them the German and European Film Award for Best Documentary and an Academy Award nomination.

Wenders next worked on two documentaries: He co-produced the compilation film "Kathedralen der Kultur" ("Cathedrals of Culture", 2014) and also contributed a segment on the Berlin Philharmonics to the film, while "The Salt of the Earth" (2014, co-director Juliano Ribeiro Salgado) was an intimate portrait of legendary photographer Sebastião Salgado.

"Every Thing Will Be Fine" (2015) marked Wenders' return to drama with a story about an American actor (played by James Franco) whose life is derailed after he causes an accident.  

Filmografie

2015 Return To Beethoven Street: Sam Fuller In Germany
Mitwirkung
 
2015 Ein letzter Tango
Executive Producer
 
2014/2015 Was heißt hier Ende?
Mitwirkung
 
2014 The Salt of the Earth
Regie, Drehbuch, Executive Producer
 
2014 Feier den Moment
Regie
 
2013/2014 Kathedralen der Kultur
Regie, Executive Producer
 
2013/2014 Die Russische Nationalbibliothek
Executive Producer
 
2013/2014 Das Oslo Opernhaus
Executive Producer
 
2013/2014 Das Halden Gefängnis
Executive Producer
 
2013/2014 Das Centre Pompidou
Executive Producer
 
2012-2015 Every Thing Will Be Fine
Regie
 
2012-2014 Die Berliner Philharmonie
Regie, Drehbuch, Executive Producer
 
2011 Peter Lilienthal
Mitwirkung
 
2010/2011 Mondo Lux - Die Bilderwelten des Werner Schroeter
Mitwirkung
 
2010 Fünf Wege zu Dario
Beratung
 
2009/2010 Au revoir Taipeh
Ausführender Produzent
 
2009-2011 Pina
Regie, Drehbuch, Produzent
 
2009 Cronología
Sprecher
 
2007/2008 Palermo Shooting
Regie, Drehbuch, Produzent
 
2007/2008 Auge in Auge - Eine deutsche Filmgeschichte
Mitwirkung
 
2006/2007 Los Invisibles
Regie, Drehbuch
 
2006-2008 Gegenschuss - Aufbruch der Filmemacher
Mitwirkung
 
2006 Die Kunst des Fußballs
Mitwirkung
 
2005/2006 The House is Burning
Executive Producer
 
2005-2007 Von einem der auszog - Wim Wenders' frühe Jahre
Mitwirkung
 
2004/2005 Don't Come Knocking
Regie, Vorlage, Executive Producer
 
2004 Land of Plenty
Regie, Drehbuch, Stoff
 
2004 Himmelfilm
Mitwirkung
 
2004 Edgar G. Ulmer. Der Mann im Off
Mitwirkung
 
2003/2004 Musica Cubana
Executive Producer
 
2003/2004 Egoshooter
Produzent
 
2002/2003 Fassbinder in Hollywood
Mitwirkung
 
2002/2003 Narren
Produzent
 
2001/2002 1/2 Miete
Produzent
 
2001/2002 Junimond
Produzent
 
2001/2002 Ten Minutes Older - The Trumpet
Darsteller, Regie, Drehbuch, Produzent
 
2001-2003 Dennis Hopper - spiel (oder stirb)
Mitwirkung
 
2001-2003 The Soul of a Man
Regie, Drehbuch
 
2001 Mounted By the Gods
Produzent
 
2000-2002 Viel passiert - Der BAP Film
Regie, Drehbuch
 
2000 Bernd Eichinger. Wenn das Leben zum Kino wird
Mitwirkung
 
1999/2000 The Million Dollar Hotel
Regie, Produzent
 
1998/1999 Nina Hagen = Punk + Glory
Mitwirkung
 
1998/1999 Buena Vista Social Club
Regie, Drehbuch
 
1997 Tango Berlin
Darsteller
 
1996/1997 Go For Gold!
Drehbuch, Produzent
 
1996/1997 Am Ende der Gewalt
Regie, Idee, Produzent
 
1994/1995 Jenseits der Wolken
Regie, Drehbuch, Standfotos, Produzent
 
1994/1995 Die Nacht der Regisseure
Mitwirkung
 
1994/1995 Lisbon Story
Regie, Drehbuch
 
1994 Heinz Rühmann. Kleiner Mann ganz groß
Mitwirkung
 
1993-1996 Die Gebrüder Skladanowsky
Darsteller, Mitwirkung, Regie, Drehbuch, Interviews, Produzent
 
1993 Peter Przygodda, Schnittmeister
Mitwirkung
 
1993 Ohne mich
Darsteller
 
1992/1993 In weiter Ferne, so nah!
Regie, Drehbuch, Produzent
 
1992 Die Abwesenheit
Co-Produzent
 
1992 Arisha, der Bär und der steinerne Ring
Darsteller, Regie, Drehbuch, Produzent
 
1991 Schneeweissrosenrot
Mitwirkung
 
1990/1991 Bis ans Ende der Welt
Regie, Drehbuch, Vorlage, Produzent
 
1990 Red Hot & Blue. EP 17: Night and Day
Regie, Drehbuch
 
1990 Red Hot & Blue
Regie, Drehbuch
 
1988/1989 Aufzeichnungen zu Kleidern und Städten
Mitwirkung, Regie, Drehbuch, Kommentar, Interviews, Kamera-Assistenz, Produzent
 
1988/1989 Hare To Ke - Das Besondere und der Alltag. Begegnung mit der Ogawa Produktion
Produzent
 
1987/1988 Eisenerde Kupferhimmel
Produzent
 
1987 Helsinki Napoli - All Night Long
Darsteller
 
1986/1987 Der Himmel über Berlin
Regie, Drehbuch, Produzent
 
1985-1987 Sansibar oder Der letzte Grund
Mischung
 
1984/1985 King Kongs Faust
Darsteller
 
1984 Tausend Augen
Darsteller
 
1983/1984 Paris, Texas
Regie
 
1983-1985 Tôkyô-ga
Sprecher, Regie, Drehbuch, Schnitt
 
1982 Room 666
Mitwirkung, Regie, Drehbuch, Kommentar
 
1981/1982 Der Stand der Dinge
Regie, Drehbuch
 
1979/1980 Nick's Film - Lightning Over Water
Darsteller, Mitwirkung, Sprecher, Regie, Drehbuch, Kommentar, Schnitt, Co-Produzent
 
1979 Radio On
Co-Produzent
 
1978/1979 ...als Diesel geboren
Produzent
 
1977 Die linkshändige Frau
Produzent
 
1976/1977 Der amerikanische Freund
Regie, Drehbuch, Produzent
 
1976 Neues Deutsches Kino: Werner Herzog, Wim Wenders
Darsteller, Sonstiges
 
1975/1976 Im Lauf der Zeit
Regie, Drehbuch, Produzent
 
1974/1975 Falsche Bewegung
Regie, Drehbuch-Mitarbeit
 
1974 Aus der Familie der Panzerechsen
Regie
 
1974 Die Insel
Regie
 
1974 Ein bißchen Liebe
Produzent
 
1973/1974 Alice in den Städten
Darsteller, Regie, Drehbuch
 
1972/1973 Der scharlachrote Buchstabe
Regie, Drehbuch
 
1971/1972 Die Angst des Tormanns beim Elfmeter
Regie, Drehbuch, Dialoge
 
1969/1970 Ten Years After
Kamera
 
1969-1971 Summer in the City. (Dedicated to the Kinks)
Darsteller, Regie, Drehbuch, Produzent, Produktionsleitung
 
1969 3 Amerikanische LP's
Darsteller, Regie, Kamera, Schnitt, Ton, Produktionsleitung
 
1968/1969 Alabama: 2000 Light Years
Regie, Drehbuch, Kamera, Schnitt, Ton, Produktionsleitung
 
1968/1969 Polizeifilm
Regie, Drehbuch, Kamera, Schnitt, Produktionsleitung
 
1968/1969 Silver City
Regie, Drehbuch, Kamera, Schnitt, Produzent
 
1968/1969 Amon Düül II Play Phallus Dei
Kamera
 
1968/1969 Der Fall Lena Christ
Ton-Assistenz, Aufnahmeleitung
 
1968 [Ohne Titel]
Regie, Produzent
 
1968 Klappenfilm
Regie, Produzent
 
1968 Victor I
Regie
 
1968 Candy Man
Darsteller
 
1967/1968 Liebe und so weiter
Darsteller
 
1967/1968 Same Player Shoots Again
Regie, Drehbuch, Kamera, Schnitt, Produzent
 
1966/1967 Schauplätze
Regie, Drehbuch, Kamera, Schnitt, Produzent
 

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