A city symphony like few others, WINGS OF DESIRE is Wim Wenders’s love letter to Berlin, as told through the eyes of Damiel (Bruno Ganz), an angel in love with circus acrobat Marion (Solveig Dommartin). Damiel, faced with an existential crisis, is forced to choose between a lonely life in heaven spent watching those on Earth or one shot at mortal love. One of the most inventive films of the German New Wave’s “mature” period following its heyday of the ’60s and ’70s, WINGS OF DESIRE “is one of Wenders’s most stunning achievements.”—Jonathan Rosenbaum, The Chicago Reader (128 mins.)
Assistant direction by Claire Denis.
WINGS OF DESIRE screens on Saturday, May 11 at 2p.m. in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum). The film is being presented as part of our Claire Denis retrospective, THE LYRICAL SPACE OF CLAIRE DENIS.