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Scene from "Wings of Desire" (photo courtesy of Filmmuseum Berlin/Deutsche Kinemathek)

The sky over war-scarred Berlin is full of gentle, trench-coated angels who listen to the tortured thoughts of mortals and try to comfort them. One, Damiel, wishes to become mortal after falling in love with a beautiful trapeze artist, Marion. Peter Falk, as himself, assists in the transformation by explaining the simple joys of a human experience, such as the sublime combination of coffee and cigarettes.

Told from the angel's point of view, WINGS OF DESIRE is shot in black and white, blossoming into color only when the angels perceive the realities of humankind. Ultimately, Damiel determines that he must experience humanity in full, and breaks through into the real world to pursue a life with Marion.
Genre Fantasy, Drama, Love Story / Romance
Category Feature
Year of Production 1987
Director Wim Wenders
Screenplay Peter Handke, Wim Wenders
Cinematography Henri Alekan
Peter Przygodda
Juergen Knieper
Heidi Luedi
Cast Curt Bois, Peter Falk, Otto Sander, Solveig Dommartin, Bruno Ganz
Producers Anatole Dauman, Wim Wenders
Production Company Road Movies , in co-production with Argos Film/Paris, in cooperation with WDR
Runtime 128 min
Format 35 mm, color, b&w
Dubbed Versions French, Italian
Subtitled Versions Chinese, English, French, Greek, Japanese, Russian, Spanish
Festivals Cannes 1987, Sydney 1987, Locarno 2007, Mar del Plata 2010, Milwaukee 2013, Festroia 2014, Zlín 2015, Sofia 2017, Hong Kong 2018, Sofia 2018, Zurich 2018, Sao Paulo 2018, Premiers Plan Angers 2019, Taipei Golden Horse 2019
Awards Best Director Cannes 1987, Grand Prize Sydney 1987, Guild Award in Silver 1987, 2 European Film Awards 1988, 2 German Film Awards 1988, Bavarian Film Award 1988
German Distributor Basis-Film Verleih/Berlin

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