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Wings of Desire

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Original title
Der Himmel über Berlin (Wings of Desire)
Running time
128 min.
Germany - West Germany (FRG) Germany - West Germany (FRG)
Wim Wenders (Novel: Peter Handke)
Jürgen Knieper
Henri Alekan (B&W)
Co-production Germany - West Germany (FRG)-France; Road Movies Filmproduktion, Argos Films
Drama. Fantasy
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.
1987: Cannes Film Festival: Best Director
1987: César Awards: Nominated for Best Foreign Film
1987: German Film Awards: Best Film and Cinematography
1988: European Film Awards: Best Director
1988: New York Film Critics Circle: Best Cinematography. 2 Nominations
1988: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Cinem. & Foreign Language Film
1988: Independent Spirit Awards: Best Foreign Film
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