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Wim Wenders

Der Himmel über Berlin (Wings of Desire)

Director Wim Wenders Composer Jürgen Knieper Cast Bruno Ganz, Solveig Dommartin, Otto Sander
Edition 1990
128' - 1987 - Fantasy, Drama, Romance - Dialogue: German, Spanish, Turkish, Hebrew, French, English, Japanese
Bruno Ganz and Otto Sander are angels who spend their time watching over the humans of the divided city. Sometimes in flight and sometimes perched in high places, they come down to Earth to listen to the thoughts of the sad and lonely or needy. First part of the film establishes this mysterious world, with the whispering thoughts of humans filling the soundtrack. Three humans are singled out. One's an old man, another is an American actor in Berlin to make a film about the Nazi era and there is the beautiful trapeze artist. (Variely 5/87)

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Wim Wenders


Jürgen Knieper


Bruno Ganz, Solveig Dommartin, Otto Sander


Wim Wenders, Peter Handke, Richard Reitinger


Peter Przygodda


Anatole Dauman

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German, Spanish, Turkish, Hebrew, French, English, Japanese

Countries of production

France, West Germany




Wim Wenders

Same Player Shoots Again (short, 1968), Silver City Revisited (short, 1969), Alabama (2000 Light Years) (short, 1969), Summer in the City (1970), Die Angst des Tormanns beim Elfmeter (1972), Der scharlachrote Buchstabe (1973), Alice in den Städten (1974), Falsche Bewegung (1975), Im Lauf der Zeit (1976), Der Amerikanische Freund (1977), Lightning Over Water (1980), Hammett (1982), Reverse Angle: Ein Brief aus New York (1982), Der Stand der Dinge (1982), Paris, Texas (1984), Tokyo-Ga (1985), Wings of Desire (1987), Yamamoto - Aufzeichnungen zu Kleidern und Städten (1989), Bis ans Ende der Welt (1991), Arisha, der Bär und der steinerne Ring (1992), In weiter Ferne, so nah! (1993), Lisbon Story (1994), Die Gebrüder Skladanowsky (1995), Lumière and Company (1995), The End of Violence (1997), Willie Nelson at the Teatro (1998), Buena Vista Social Club (1999), The Million Dollar Hotel (2000), Ode to Cologne: A Rock 'N' Roll Film (2002), Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet (2002), Other Side of the Road (2003), Land of Plenty (2004), Don't Come Knocking (2005), Invisibles (2007), Palermo Shooting (2008), 8 (2008) Il volo (short, 2008), Pina (2011), Mundo Invisível (2012), Kathedralen der Kultur (2014), The Salt of the Earth (2014), Alles wird gut (2015), Les beaux jours d'Aranjuez (2016), Submergence (2017), Pope Francis: A Man of His Word (2018), Two or Three Things I Know About Edward Hopper (2020), A future together (2021), Présence (short, 2022), Anselm (2023), Perfect Days (2023)