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Wim Wenders Retrospective

After the successful Werner Herzog and Rainer Werner Fassbinder retrospectives organized by the Goethe-Institut in Manila these past two years, the Goethe-Institut will now present the works of the well-acclaimed German filmmaker, Wim Wenders, who among Herzog and Fassbinder was a principal member of the New German Cinema of the 1970s. Nine award-winning Wim Wenders feature films and a documentary will be screened for free every weekend at 4 pm starting this April 27 to May 26 at the Cinematheque Centre Manila. There will also be subsequent screenings in the Cinematheque Centre in Davao from May 31 to June 29, 2019.


Wim Wenders © Donata Wenders Wim Wenders (born 1945) came to international prominence as one of the pioneers of the New German Cinema in the 1970s and is considered to be one of the most important figures in contemporary German film. In addition to his many prize-winning feature films, his work as a scriptwriter, director, producer, photographer, and author also encompasses an abundance of innovative documentary films, international photo exhibitions and numerous monographs, film books and prose collections. He lives and works in Berlin, together with his wife Donata Wenders.
Among Wim Wenders‘ awards are the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or in 1984 for his movie Paris, Texas, the Golden Lion at the 1982 Venice Film Festival for The State of Things, and won best director at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival for Wings of Desire. He has also been nominated three times for the Academy Awards for his films Buena Vista Social Club (2000), Pina (2012), and, most recently, The Salt of the Earth (2015).

Wim Wenders


Paris, Texas © Wim Wenders Stiftung

Opening Film
Paris, Texas

Opening Film
West Germany/France | 1983/84
Genre: Drama
Duration: 148 min
Format: ​35mm colour

The Scarlet Letter © Wim Wenders Stiftung

The Scarlet Letter

Der scharlachrote Buchstabe
Germany | 1972
Genre: Drama, History
English Subtitles
Duration: 90 min
Format: 35mm, colour

Alice in the Cities © Wim Wenders Stiftung

Alice in the Cities

Alice in den Städten
West Germany | 1973/74
Genre: Drama
English Subtitles
Duration: 112 min
Format: 16mm blow up to 35mm black and white

In the Course of Time © Wim Wenders Stiftung

In the Course of Time

Im Lauf der Zeit
West Germany | 1975
Genre: Drama
English Subtitles
Duration: 175 min
Format: 35mm black and white​

The American Friend © Wim Wenders Stiftung

The American Friend

Der amerikanische Freund
West Germany/France | 1976/77
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery 
English Subtitles
Duration: 126 min
Format: 35mm Eastmancolor​

Nick’s Film Lightning over Water © Wim Wenders Stiftung

Nick’s Film Lightning over Water

Nick’s Film Lightning over Water
West Germany | 1979/80
Genre: Biography, Non-Fiction
Duration: 90 min
Format: 35mm Eastmancolor

The State of Things © Wim Wenders Stiftung

The State of Things

Der Stand der Dinge
West Germany | 1981/82
Genre: Drama
English Subtitles
Duration: 121 min
Format: 35mm black and white and color

Wings of Desire © Wim Wenders Stiftung

Wings of Desire

Der Himmel über Berlin
West Germany/France | 1987
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
English Subtitles
Duration: 128 min
Format: 35mm B&W and Colour

A Trick of the Light © Wim Wenders Stiftung

A Trick of the Light

Die Gebrüder Skladanowsky
Germany | 1996
Genre: Biography, Drama
English Subtitles
Duration: 79 min
Format: 35mm, B&W and Colour

Don't come knocking © Wim Wenders Stiftung

Don’t come knocking

Don’t come knocking
Germany | 2004/05
Genre: Drama, Music
Duration: 122 min
Format: 35mm, colour


The screenings in Manila will take place from April 27 to May 26, 2019, at the Cinematheque Centre Manila while the screenings in Davao will take place from May 31 to June 29, 2019, at the Cinematheque Centre Davao.

Admission is free on a first come, first served basis.

Full Screening Schedule and Venue Info

Previous Retrospectives

Werner Herzog Flicker

Werner Herzog Retrospective

May 6 to June 04, 2017
Cinematheque Centre Manila

Rainer Werner Fassbinder Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation

Rainer Werner Fassbinder Retrospective

March 10 to April 22, 2018
Ili-Likha Artists Village Baguio | Cinematheque Centre Manila


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