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PARIS, TEXAS

Paris, Texas is probably Wim Wenders' most well known, critically acclaimed, and successful movie, winning a number of international prizes including the Cannes Palme D'Or for Best Film in 1984.

This unusual road movie, with screenplay by acclaimed playwright Sam Shepard, tells the tale of Travis, a man lost in his own private hell. Presumed dead for four years, he reappears from the desert on the Mexico border, world-weary and an amnesiac. He traces his brother Walt who is bringing up Hunter, his seven-year-old son, his ex-wife Jane having abandoned him at Walt's door several years before.

As virtual strangers, Hunter and Travis begin to build a wary friendship and conspire to find Jane and bring her back to be a real family.

With extraordinary performances from Harry Dean Stanton as Travis and Natassja Kinski as Jane, the film also boasts a soundtrack by Ry Cooder, ideally suited to the film's sun-bleached landscapes and melancholy undertones.

Year of Production 1984
Director Wim Wenders
Screenplay Sam Shepard
Cinematography Robby Müller
Production Companies Road Movies Filmproduktion/Berlin, Argos Film/Paris
Length 144 min
Format 35 mm, color, 1:1.66
Festivals Cannes 1984, Jerusalem 2014, BAFICI 2016, Ankara 2017, Denver 2017, Torino 2017, Sofia 2018, Istanbul 2018, Zurich 2018, European FF Palic 2019
Awards Golden Palm 1984