Wim Wenders

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
One of the more successful and prolific filmmakers to emerge from the New German Cinema movement, iconoclastic director Wim Wenders continually walked the line between art house aesthetic and commercial appeal with his ... Read more »
Born: 08/13/1945 in Germany

Filmography

Director (44)

Cathedrals of Culture 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Everything Will Be Fine 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

The Salt of the Earth 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Pina 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

8 2008 (Movie)

(segment "Person to Person") (Director)

Palermo Shooting 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Chacun son cinema 2007 (Movie)

("War in Peace") (Director)

Invisibles 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Don't Come Knocking 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Land of Plenty 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

The Soul of a Man 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Viel Passiert: Der BAP Film 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

The Million Dollar Hotel 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Buena Vista Social Club 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Lisbon Story 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

The End of Violence 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Die Gebruder Skladanowsky 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Lumiere Et Compagnie 1995 (Movie)

featured director (Director)

Faraway, So Close 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Notebook on Cities and Clothes 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Red, Hot & Blue 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Segment Director

Same Player Shoots Again 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Until the End of the World 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Wings of Desire 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Tokyo-Ga 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Paris, Texas 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Chambre 666 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

Hammett 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

Der Stand der Dinge 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Quand je m'eveille 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Lightning Over Water 1980 (Movie)

(Director)

The American Friend 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

Im Lauf der Zeit 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

Alice in the Cities 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

Falsche Bewegung 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

Aus der Familie der Panzereschen 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

Der Scharlachrote Buchstabe 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

Die Angst des Tormanns beim Elfmeter 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

Summer in the City 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

Polizeifilm 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

3 American LP's 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

Alabama: 2000 Light Years 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

Silver City 1967 (Movie)

(Director)

Invisibles (TV Show)

Director
Writer (37)

The Salt of the Earth 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Pina 2011 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Palermo Shooting 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Invisibles 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Don't Come Knocking 2006 (Movie)

(Story By)

Land of Plenty 2005 (Movie)

(from story) (Story By)

Land of Plenty 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Soul of a Man 2003 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Viel Passiert: Der BAP Film 2002 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Beyond the Clouds 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

City of Angels 1998 (Movie)

from screenplay("Der Himmel uber Berlin/Les ailes du desir/Wings of Desire") (From Story)

City of Angels 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Lisbon Story 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The End of Violence 1997 (Movie)

(From Story)

Die Gebruder Skladanowsky 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Faraway, So Close 1993 (Movie)

(From Story)

Faraway, So Close 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Notebook on Cities and Clothes 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Same Player Shoots Again 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Until the End of the World 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Wings of Desire 1988 (Movie)

dialogue (Writer (dialogue))

Wings of Desire 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Tokyo-Ga 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Der Stand der Dinge 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Quand je m'eveille 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Lightning Over Water 1980 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The American Friend 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Im Lauf der Zeit 1975 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Alice in the Cities 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Der Scharlachrote Buchstabe 1971 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Die Angst des Tormanns beim Elfmeter 1970 (Movie)

dialogue (Writer (dialogue))

Die Angst des Tormanns beim Elfmeter 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Summer in the City 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Polizeifilm 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

3 American LP's 1968 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Alabama: 2000 Light Years 1968 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Silver City 1967 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (32)

Cathedrals of Culture 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Everything Will Be Fine 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Salt of the Earth 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Pina 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

Yi yè Tái bei 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

Au Revoir Taipei 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Clone Returns to the Homeland 2009 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Open Road 2009 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Palermo Shooting 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Don't Come Knocking 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Musica Cubana 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The House is Burning 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Voodoo, Mounted by the Gods 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

1/2 The Rent 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Million Dollar Hotel 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

Delivering Milo 2000 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Beyond the Clouds 1999 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The End of Violence 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

Go for Gold 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

Die Gebruder Skladanowsky 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

Faraway, So Close 1993 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Absence 1992 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Same Player Shoots Again 1991 (Movie)

(Producer)

Wings of Desire 1988 (Movie)

(Producer)

Yer demir, gok bakir 1986 (Movie)

(Producer)

Als Diesel Geboren 1981 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Radio On 1979 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Die Linkshandige Frau 1976 (Movie)

(Producer)

Im Lauf der Zeit 1975 (Movie)

(Producer)

Summer in the City 1970 (Movie)

(Producer)

Silver City 1967 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (25)

A Fuller Life 2014 (Movie)

(Himself)

The Salt of the Earth 2014 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Story of Film: An Odyssey 2010 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Auge in Auge 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

Je T'aime...Moi Non Plus 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

Dennis Hopper: The Decisive Moments 2003 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Blues 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Words In Progress 2003 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Fassbinder in Hollywood 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

Nina Hagen = Punk + Glory 2002 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Berlin-Cinema (Titre Provisoire) 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Night of the Film-Makers 1994 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Notebook on Cities and Clothes 1991 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Motion and Emotion 1989 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Helsinki Napoli All Night Long 1988 (Movie)

(Actor)

I Played It For You 1984 (Movie)

(Actor)

King Kongs Faust 1984 (Movie)

Film Director (Actor)

Chambre 666 1983 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Lightning Over Water 1980 (Movie)

(Actor)

Long Shot 1977 (Movie)

Another Director (Actor)

Summer in the City 1970 (Movie)

(Actor)
Editor (6)

Same Player Shoots Again 1991 (Movie)

(Editor)

Tokyo-Ga 1985 (Movie)

(Editor)

Polizeifilm 1969 (Movie)

(Editor)

3 American LP's 1968 (Movie)

(Editor)

Alabama: 2000 Light Years 1968 (Movie)

(Editor)

Silver City 1967 (Movie)

(Editor)
Camera, Film, & Tape (6)

Notebook on Cities and Clothes 1991 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Same Player Shoots Again 1991 (Movie)

(Photography)

I Played It For You 1984 (Movie)

(Photography)

Quand je m'eveille 1981 (Movie)

(Photography)

Polizeifilm 1969 (Movie)

(Photography)

Silver City 1967 (Movie)

(Photography)
Other (1)

The Open Road 2009 (Movie)

(Visual Consultant) (Consultant)

Biography

One of the more successful and prolific filmmakers to emerge from the New German Cinema movement, iconoclastic director Wim Wenders continually walked the line between art house aesthetic and commercial appeal with his vast body of work. Stark early efforts, such as the nihilistic "The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick" (1972) and road movies like "Alice in the Cities" (1974), led to more focused works along the lines of "The American Friend" (1977). Having gained international notoriety, Wenders indulged his fascination with Americana in the acclaimed "Paris, Texas" (1984) then returned to Berlin for his beloved fantasy-drama "Wings of Desire" (1987). He also broadened the scope of his artistic pursuits with forays into music video and television commercial directing, photographic exhibitions, authoring several essay collections and more. While later dramatic indulgences along the lines of "Until the End of the World" (1991) and "Faraway, So Close!" (1993), were viewed as less cogent works, the filmmaker nonetheless displayed his remarkable acumen with music documentaries like "Buena Vista Social Club" (1999). With "Don't Come Knocking" (2005) he returned to the well for another American road movie with "Paris, Texas" collaborator Sam Shepard, while the audacious 3-D dance documentary "Pina" (2011) proved the director still capable of pushing boundaries. Boasting a career that spanned more than 40 years and included over 50 highly personal, yet largely accessible films, Wenders was easily one of his generation's most appreciated independent filmmakers.

Relationships

Ronee Blakley

Wife
married 1979, divorced 1981 wrote and performed "Lightning Over Water" song for Wenders' film of the same name also appeared in picture

Solveig Dommartin

Companion
has acted in a number of Wenders' films, including "Wings of Desire" (1987) and "Until the End of the World" (1991)

Edda Koechl

Wife
married in 1968 divorced in 1974

Donata Schmidt

Wife
married in 1979 divorced in 1981

Heinrich Wenders

Father

EDUCATION

completed secondary school in Oberhausen in 1965

Hochschule fur Film und Fernsehen

1967 - 1970
school founded in 1967; Wenders made seven films during attendance, two of which were officially produced by the school

University of Freiburg

1965
took job in hospital as orderly; transferred out

University of Freiburg

1965
took job in hospital as orderly; transferred out

transferred to university in Dusseldorf; remained for one semester then went to Paris

Milestones

2011

Wrote and directed the documentary "Pina," a musical tribute to choreographer Pina Bausch.

2008

Directed and co-wrote the drama "Palermo Shooting"

2007

Directed the "War and Peace" segment of the French film anthology "Chacun son cinéma ou Ce petit coup au coeur quand la lumière s'éteint et que le film commence/To Each His Own Cinema"

2006

Directed Sam Shepard as a washed up cowboy actor in the neo-Western "Don't Come Knocking"

2004

Had a Cameo in the Disney live action feature "Around the World in 80 Days"

2000

Directed "The Million Dollar Hotel", starring Mel Gibson (Bono who collaborated with Wenders and Klein on the screenplay was originally slated to act in film); Bono had performed on the soundtrack for "The End of Violence"; Wenders has directed music vide

1999

Helmed the documentary "Buena Vista Social Club", focusing on Cuba musicians tracked down by Ry Cooder; film was nominated for a Best Feature Documentary Academy Award

1998

"City of Angels", loosely based on "Wings of Desire" was released

1997

Helmed "The End of Violence", scripted by Nicholas Klein; first feature since "Wings of Desire" to secure US distribution; director Sam Fuller portrayed Gabriel Byrne's father

1995

Collaborated with Michelangelo Antonioni on "Beyond the Clouds", writing and directing the "frames" between the segments helmed by the Italian master; hired as an insurance policy in case Antonioni's health prevented him from finishing movie; last collabo

1995

Participated in the "Lumiere and Company" project, shooting a scene with the original hand-cranking camera

1991

Expressed disappointment with the 2 1/2 cut of "Until the End of the World" that was released; alternate version (more than twice as long), though still problematic, revealed what the director had been after

1991

Became chair of the newly founded European Film Academy

1987

Made "Wings of Desire", starring Ganz as an angel who wanders Berlin, yearning for a physical, human existence

1985

First collaboration with editor Solveig Dommartin, the documentary "Tokyo-Ga"

1984

Directed "Paris, Texas", an English-language film with screenplay by Sam Shepard; guitarist Ry Cooder supplied the haunting, plaintive score

1982

Indirectly documented his difficulities making first US feature "Hammett" in "The State of Things", a self-referrential film that contrasts American and European filmmaking styles

1979

Co-directed (with Nicholas Ray) "Lightning Over Water", detailing Ray's fight to finish his life at work while battling cancer

1977

Won international attention for "The American Friend", starring Dennis Hopper and Bruno Ganz

1976

Completed trilogy with "Kings of the Road"

1976

Established his own production company, Road Movies Produktion

1975

Second movie of trilogy, "Wrong Move"

1974

First of three "road movies" with Vogler, "Alice in the Cities"

1970

Professional feature directing and co-writing (with Peter Handke) debut, "The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick"; first of nine collaborations (to date) with actor Rudiger Vogler

1969

Feature film directing, producing and writing debut, "Summer in the City"; made as graduation project; first collaboration with editor Peter Przygodda; film is "dedicated to the Kinks"

1969

Along with 11 other filmmakers, formed Filmverlag der Autoren/The Filmmaker's Company to insure the distribution of their films

1968

First collaboration with writer Peter Handke on the independent short "3 American LPs" (16mm, 15 mins); Wenders and Handke appear in the film driving a car

1966

Began, but did not complete, application to the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris (to Wenders' dislike, program required a preliminary course in life drawing); studied privately with Johnny Friedlander; frequented the Cinematheque Francaise; applied to IDHEC bu

1966

First short film as director, "Schauplatze/Locations" (16mm, 10 mins); no longer extant

Moved to Oberhausen while still a juvenile; began attending the city's annual short film festival

Worked as critic for journal FILMKRITIK and newspaper DIE SUDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG

First collaboration with director of photography Robby Muller on the student film "Alabama: 2000 Light Years" (35mm, 22 mins)

Bonus Trivia

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"Some of my favorite films are extremely violent. I saw 'Taxi Driver' again and I was amazed at how violent it was. A lot of my favorite films deal with violence, and Sam Fuller's films deal with it very explicitly. But they deal with it in such a way that you know why it occurs. You see it coming and you know what happens afterwards. There's not necessarily a reason for it, but you feel why it happens and sometimes you even understand why it happens. I think violence is a very important part of contemporary life, so why should it be kept out of movies? That's not my argument. My argument is that it should be treated as what it is, so people can understand it instead of savoring it. Violence is strictly a consumer product in movies now, not a story element." – Wenders in Sight and Sound, May 1997

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"When Bono first sent me a draft of it, just to get my opinion, not to be involved as director, I thought, great characters. I was taken by the ambience of it, and the story. Mel Gibson's company, Icon, was developing it at the time. Then, a few years later, Bono approached me about directing it. And so I met with him and Nicholas [Klein], and we worked on it for two years. And during that time, the script became 'The Billion Dollar Hotel', because it had become a science fiction story set in the future. I worked on that with them while I was doing 'Beyond the Clouds' and 'Lisbon Story'.So Nicholas and I came here last May, to get the film going. And even though it's not a big-budget film, it's complicated because it's a project which calls for a lot of production work. So when it became clear that it would take a little more time to get things going ... I decided to make another movie ['The End of Violence']." – Wenders quoted in Moviemaker, October 1997

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