WINGS OF DESIRE - the much beloved 1987 masterpiece as part of our new ongoing ARTHOUSE CLASSICS series!

Apr 1 to Apr 2
Saturday and Sunday 12:45pm

Wim Wenders - 1987 - 127m - NO MATINEES - Germany - In German & English with English subtitles


One of cinema’s loveliest city symphonies with Bruno Ganz as Damiel, an angel perched atop buildings high over Berlin who can hear the thoughts—fears, hopes, dreams—of all the people living below. But when he falls in love with a beautiful trapeze artist, he is willing to give up his immortality and come back to earth to be with her. Made not long before the fall of the Berlin wall, this stunning tapestry of sounds and images, shot in black and white and color by the legendary Henri Alekan, is movie poetry. And it forever made the name Wim Wenders synonymous with film art.

"Wim Wenders’ astonishing, award-winning fantasy drama depicts life in a divided Berlin through the eyes of angels." - Joe Clay, Times (UK)

"If some restorations of classic films are mere spit and polish, this one is spectacular: a deepening and sharpening of existing beauty." - Danny Leigh, Financial Times

"A cinema of ideas, almost an essay movie, and utterly distinctive." - Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

"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, At the Movies (Australia)

"A beautiful, literate and romantic piece of cinema." - Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine

"A fantasy that... goes right in spite of its solemn style." - Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

"Wim Wenders’ most purely romantic film is like poetry on celluloid, a celebration of the transient and fragile moments of being human: the warmth of a cup of coffee on a cold day, the embrace of a friend, the touch of a lover, the rapture of love." - Sean Axmaker, Stream on Demand

"Remains a stunning cinematic achievement, and sits near the top of an exceptional filmography from one of not just Germany but Europe’s most celebrated directors." - Chris Connor, Flickering Myth

"The film remains as soothing and esoteric as it was upon release, suffused with a sweet lyricality and lightness of touch despite its heavily philosophical outlook." - Steph Green, WeLoveCinema

"Brobably the closest thing to a popular movie about metaphysics that the medium has had yet to offer." - Dennis Harvey, 48 Hills

"Peter Handke's script plays a big role when it injects into the movie a suitable poetic breath." - Octavi Marti, El Pais (Spain)

"Wenders has made a film that is elegiac but harsh, hard-edged and romantic, haunted as well as haunting, but that... holds out the promise of love as a benign coming-to-rest." - Molly Haskel, Vogue

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