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Wim Wenders

Wim Wenders is an Oscar-nominated German filmmaker who was born Ernst Wilhelm Wenders on August 14, 1945 in Düsseldorf, which then was located in the British Occupation Zone of what became the Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Federal Republic of Germany, known colloquially as West Germany until reunification). At university, Wenders originally studied ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 83 wins & 59 nominations. See more awards »

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Wings of Desire
Wings of Desire Director
The Salt of the Earth
Buena Vista Social Club
Pina Director


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 2014 The Salt of the Earth (Documentary)
 2014 Cathedrals of Culture (Documentary) (segment "The Berlin Philharmonic")
 2012 Mundo Invisível (segment "Ver ou Não Ver")
 2011 Pina (Documentary)
 2010 If Buildings Could Talk (Documentary short)
 2010 Il Volo (Documentary short)
 2008 8 (segment "Person to Person")
 2007 To Each His Own Cinema (segment "War in Peace")
 2007 Invisibles (Documentary) (segment "Invisible Crimes")
 2003 The Blues (TV Series documentary) (1 episode)
 2003 The Soul of a Man (Documentary)
 2003 Other Side of the Road (Short)
 2002 U2: The Best of 1990-2000 (Video documentary) (videos "Stay (Faraway, So Close!)", "The Ground Beneath Her Feet")
 2002 Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet (segment "Twelve Miles to Trona")
 2000 Un matin partout dans le monde (TV Short)
 1999 Buena Vista Social Club (Documentary)
 1998 Willie Nelson at the Teatro (Documentary)
 1995 Lumière and Company (Documentary)
 1995 Beyond the Clouds (prologue, intermissions & epilogue)
 1994 Lisbon Story
 1990 Red Hot and Blue (TV Movie) (segment "Night and Day")
 1989 Notebook on Cities and Clothes (Documentary)
 1985 Tokyo-Ga (Documentary)
 1984 I played It for You (Documentary)
 1984 Paris, Texas
 1982 Reverse Angle: Ein Brief aus New York (Documentary short)
 1982 Room 666 (TV Movie documentary)
 1982 Hammett
 1980 Lightning Over Water (Documentary)
 1977 Ein Haus für uns - Jugenderholungsheim (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Die Insel (1977)
 1975 Wrong Move
 1969 3 American LPs (TV Short)
 1969 Police Film (TV Short)
 1969 Silver City (Short)
 1968 Klappenfilm (Short)
 1968 Victor I. (Short)
 1968 Same Player Shoots Again (Short)
 1967 Schauplätze (Short)
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Other Works:

Book "My Time with Antonioni" (London, Faber & Faber, 2000) See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Print Biographies | 9 Interviews | 7 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Vimu Vendâsu | Wim


6' 3" (1.91 m)

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It is very hard to stay inside the boundaries of a genre film; I admire people that are able to do that. I just don't have the discipline. What I like about genres is that you can play with expectations and that there are certain rules that you can either obey or work against. But genres are a funny thing. They're heaven and they're hell. They help you to channel your ideas and they are helpful ... See more »


After studying medicine and philosophy in Munich, Freiburg and Düsseldorf, he joined the Munich Academy for Television and Film in 1968. See more »


On-the-road location filming See more »



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