Wim Wenders

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Ernst Wilhelm "Wim" Wenders (German: [ˈvɪm ˈvɛndɐs]; born 14 August 1945) is a German filmmaker, playwright, author, and photographer.[1] He is a major figure in New German Cinema. Among many honors he has received numerous prizes from the Cannes, Venice and Berlin Film Festivals. He has also received a BAFTA Award as well as nominations for three Academy Awards and a Grammy Award.

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Wenders at the Berlinale 2017
Ernst Wilhelm Wenders

(1945-08-14) 14 August 1945 (age 78)
Düsseldorf, Germany
Occupation(s)Filmmaker, director, screenwriter, playwright, author, photographer
Years active1967–present
Edda Köchl
(m. 1968; div. 1974)
(m. 1974; div. 1978)
(m. 1979; div. 1981)
(m. 1981; div. 1982)
Donata Wenders
(m. 1993)
AwardsFull list

Wenders made his feature film debut with Summer in the City (1970). He earned critical acclaim for directing Road Movie trilogy which consisted of the films Alice in the Cities (1974), The Wrong Move (1975), and Kings of the Road (1976). Wenders won the BAFTA Award for Best Direction and the Palme d'Or for the narrative drama Paris, Texas (1984) as well as the Cannes Film Festival Best Director Award for Wings of Desire (1987). His other notable films include The American Friend (1977), Faraway, So Close! (1993), and Perfect Days (2023).

He has received three nominations for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for Buena Vista Social Club (1999), Pina (2011) and The Salt of the Earth (2014). He received a nomination for the Grammy Award for Best Long Form Music Video for Willie Nelson at the Teatro (1998). He is also known for directing the documentaries Tokyo-Ga (1985), The Soul of a Man (2003), and Pope Francis: A Man of His Word (2018).

Wenders has been the president of the European Film Academy in Berlin since 1996 and won the Honorary Golden Bear in 2015. Alongside filmmaking, he is an active photographer, emphasizing images of desolate landscapes.[2][3] He is considered an auteur director.[4]