Why Wim Wenders Blurred the Lines Between Reality and Fiction in ‘Anselm’ and ‘Perfect Days’

TheWrap magazine: “I think the real is something very beautiful in fiction, and the fictional is very beautiful in the real,” the director says

Wim Wenders
Photo by Kris Dewitte for TheWrap

German director Wim Wenders has been making poetic and provocative movies for more than 50 years, ever since he came out of the New German Cinema of the early 1970s. He hit his stride in the ’80s with the haunting “Paris, Texas,” which won the Palme d’Or at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival, and the luminous fantasy “Wings of Desire,” the first time he represented Germany in the Oscars international race.

Since then, Wenders’ career has shown a restless spirit, mixing indefinable narrative films like “Until the End of the World,” “The End of Violence” and “The Million Dollar Hotel” with Oscar-nominated documentaries like “Buena Vista Social Club,” “Pina” and “The Salt of the Earth.”


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