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Wings Of Desire

Wings Of Desire

Der Himmel über Berlin
A stunningly made valentine to the city of Berlin, which has never been more imaginatively or more beautifully filmed. A joy from start to finish.
David Stratton

Visible only to those like them and to children, Damiel (Bruno Ganz, also in this year’s In Times of Fading Light) and Cassiel (Otto Sander, Das Boot 1981) are two angels, who have existed since long before humankind. Along with several other angels, they wander around West Berlin, observing and preserving life, sometimes trying to provide comfort to the troubled. When Damiel falls in love with a trapeze artist called Marion he decides to become human, even though that means giving up immortality. Peter Falk, playing himself as a former angel, has already taken that fateful step and urges Damiel to leave eternity behind too.

The story is told from the point of view of the angels, who see the world in black and white. It is not until Damiel becomes human that the world of colour reveals itself to him... 

WINNERBest Director, Cannes Film Festival 1987
WINNEROutstanding Feature Film, Best Cinematography, German Film Awards 1988
WINNERBest Director, Best Supporting Actor, European Film Awards 1988
30 years after the release of Wim Wenders’ signature film Wings of Desire we celebrate the closing of the festival with the newly restored version that world-premiered at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival. The pre-film reception includes a drink on arrival
18+ (exemption)
DirectorWim Wenders
CastBruno Ganz, Solveig Dommartin, Otto Sander, Peter Falk, Nick Cave
Germany, France | 1987, * digitally restored version 2018 | 129 min
German, English, French, Turkish, Hebrew, Spanish and Japanese with English subtitles