Monthly Feature

The Films of Wim Wenders


Acclaimed filmmaker Wim Wenders began his career as a member of the New German Cinema movement of the 1970s; along with Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Werner Herzog, he brought German culture and film to an international audience.

“The more opinions you have, the less you see.” – Wim Wenders

During his forty-year-plus career, the ever-eclectic Wenders has directed films in his native Germany and around the globe, making dramas both intense and whimsical, mysteries, fantasies, and documentaries.   His keen interest in identity and landscape, coupled with a deep sense of observation and a search for truth in the world surrounding us, has made Wenders cinema’s preeminent poet of the open road, soulfully following the journeys of people as they search for themselves.  The road movie genre, from Kings of the Road to Paris, Texas and beyond, has long been one of his favored modes of cinematic expression, indulging his fascination with American culture, pulp cinema and the quasi-mystical lure of the open highway.   His deeply romantic side has also led to massive arthouse success with hits like Wings of Desire.  A meticulous chronicler of 20th (and 21st) century world politics and culture, Wenders is also known as a top-notch documentarian across a wide range of subjects – his Buena Vista Social Club remains one of the most beloved of all music documentaries. This March, The Loft Cinema travels through the vast cinematic world of Wim Wenders with a selection of key works from his celebrated filmography.