Wim Wenders

Wim Wenders is one of the most important directors in the world and one of the leading representatives of the "New German Cinema". In addition to the many honors he received during his long career - a Golden Palm for Paris-Texas (1984), the Best Director Award at Cannes for Wings of Desire (1987), the Jury Prize at the Berlin Film Festival for The Million Dollar Hotel (2000) - he was honored at the 65th Berlin Film Festival for his entire career.

Wenders made the first step of his filmmaking career in 1967 by enrolling in the Munich Film School, while publishing movie reviews and texts on rock music. In the late sixties he directed several short films, including 3 American LPs, from a screenplay by Peter Handke. This was the beginning of their long collaboration. Wenders began his career of director by adapting Handke’s novel Die Angst des Tormanns beim Elfmeter (The Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick) in 1971.

With this film, he received the International Critics Prize in Venice. The same year, he created the "Filmverlag der Autoren" with 20 other directors to manage together and independently the production, exploitation of the rights and distribution of their own films.

With Alice in the Cities (1973), The Wrong Move (1974) and Kings of the Road (1975), Wenders focused on men who suffered from their own uprooting. He received numerous German and international awards. These three films, as well as the thriller The American Friend (by Patricia Highsmith, 1977) with Dennis Hopper and Bruno Ganz in the lead roles, embrace the post war Germany and its rapid transformation.

In 1978, Wenders went to the United States, invited by Coppola, and began to work on Hammett (1982). Almost simultaneously, he shot a meditation on the last weeks of Nicholas Ray, who had been banned from Hollywood: Lightning Over Water. Then Wenders shot in Portugal The State of Things (1982), a dark meditation on the filmmaker’s craft produced by Paulo Branco, for which he was awarded the Golden Lion for Best Film at the Venice Festival. Ten years later, Wenders returned to Portugal to shoot there Lisbon Story (1994).

In the early 1980s, he took a script born from a collaboration with Sam Shepard, which became Paris-Texas (1984). With this road movie, the filmmaker won, among other prizes, the Golden Palm in Cannes in 1984 and was named Best Director by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

Back in Germany, Wenders began a new collaboration with Peter Handke for Wings of Desire (1987). The cinematographic tale allowed him to reconnect with the worldwide success. He won the Best Director Award in Cannes, the European Film Awards and the German Film Prize. Followed a second long stay in the United States, beginning in 1996 with The End of Violence. In 2000, Wenders portrayed a tragicomic story inspired by Bono, the U2 singer. In 2002, the Berlin Film Festival awarded its Silver Bear to Wenders for The Million Dollar Hotel.

Throughout his career Wenders shot a number of unconventional documentaries, including Tokyo-Ga (1985), Notebook on Cities and Clothes and Buena Vista Social Club, which has known a triumphant success. His most recent documentaries Pina (2011) and The Salt of the Earth: A Journey with Sebastião Salgado (2015), are as compelling as unexpected successes and were nominated at the Oscars. The Salt of the Earth won the César for Best Documentary Film and was presented in the selection "Un Certain Regard" at the 2014 Cannes Festival where it received the Jury Prize.

Everything Will Be Fine was released in cinemas in France April 22nd, 2015.


1970 : Summer in the City
1972 : L'Angoisse du gardien de but au moment du penalty
1973 : La Lettre écarlate
1974 : Alice dans les villes
1975 : Faux Mouvement 
1976 : Au fil du temps
1977 : L'Ami américain 
1980 : Nick's Movie (documentaire)
1982 : Hammett
1982 : L'État des choses
1984 : Paris, Texas
1985 : Tokyo-Ga (documentaire)
1987 : Les Ailes du désir 
1989 : Carnets de notes sur vêtements et villes (documentaire)
1991 : Jusqu'au bout du monde 
1993 : Si loin, si proche !
1994 : Lisbon story
1995 : Par-delà les nuages 
1996 : Les Frères Skladanowsky
1995 : Les Lumière de Berlin
1997 : The End of Violence
1998 : Willie Nelson at the Teatro
1999 : Buena Vista Social Club (documentaire)
2000 : The Million Dollar Hotel
2002 : Viel passiert - Der BAP-Film
2003 : The Soul of a Man (documentaire)
2004 : Land of Plenty
2005 : Don't Come Knocking
2008 : Palermo Shooting
2011 : Pina (3D) (documentaire)
2014 : Le Sel de la Terre (documentaire)
2015 : Every Thing Will Be Fine (3D)