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Himmel über Berlin ©Himmel über Berlin

Wings of Desire

Genre: Fantasy, Drama, Love Story
Country: Germany/France
Director: Wim Wenders
Screenplay: Peter Handke, Wim Wenders

Casts: Curt Bois, Peter Falk, Otto Sander


Germany/France │ 1987 │ Colour, Black&White │ 128 mins │ German with English subtitles

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.

The sky over Wenders’ war-scarred Berlin is full of gentle, trench-coated 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. 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 colour only when the angels perceive the realities of humankind. Ultimately, Damiel determines that he must experience humanity in full, and breaks through into the real world to pursue a life with Marion.