Wings of Desire
- Original title
Der Himmel über Berlin (Wings of Desire)
- Running time
- 128 min.
- Germany - West Germany (FRG)
Wim Wenders (Novel: Peter Handke)
Henri Alekan (B&W)
Hans Martin Stier,
Co-production Germany - West Germany (FRG)-France; Road Movies Filmproduktion / Argos Films
- Synopsis / Plot
- The sky over Wenders' war-scarred Berlin is full of gentle, trenchcoated angels who listen to the tortured thoughts of mortals and try to comfort them. One, Damiel (Bruno Ganz), wishes to become mortal after falling in love with a beautiful trapeze artist, Marion (Solveig Dommartin). Peter Falk, as himself, assists in the transformation by explaining the simple joys of a human experience, such as the sublime combination of coffee and cigarettes.
Told from the angel's point of view, the film is shot in black and white, blossoming into color only when the angels perceive the realities of humankind. Ultimately, Damiel determines that he must experience humanity in full, and breaks through in to the real world to pursue a life with Marion.
A hugely acclaimed and multi-award winning movie including Best Director for Wenders at Cannes 1987; which was remade in 1998 into City of Angels starring Nicolas Cage and Meg Ryan.
: Cannes Film Festival: Best Director
: César Awards: Nominated for Best Foreign Film
: German Film Awards: Best Film and Cinematography
: European Film Awards: Best Director
: New York Film Critics Circle: Best Cinematography. 2 Nominations
: Independent Spirit Awards: Best Foreign Film
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