Wim Wenders
(director/co-screenplay) was born in Germany weeks after the end of
World War II, and helped to re-define the German cinema and produce some
of the most impressive creative work every captured on film. Part of
the same broad cultural trend in post-war Germany that also included
fellow filmmakers Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Werner Herzog and playwright Peter Handke,
Wenders' early short films reflected both his own native German roots and
a deep appreciation for American cinematic and cultural traditions. His
first feature Summer in the City was followed by the screen
adaptation of Handke's short story, The Goalie's Anxiety at the
Penalty Kick
, an existential mystery that is considered one of his
most influential films. The films he made in Germany in the 1970s
include The Scarlet Letter, Alice in the Cities, The
Wrong Move
, Kings of the Road, and The American Friend
which starred Dennis Hopper.



Wenders is equally adept at the
documentary tradition as he is with dramatic works, making his first
feature documentary in 1980 with Lightning Over Water, a portrait
of American filmmaker Nicholas Ray; later, Wenders' Tokyo-Ga
would be a meditation on Japan as seen through the films of Yasujiro
Ozu, another of Wenders' cinematic heroes; while Buena Vista Social
Club
, about a reunion of retired Cuban musicians, earned an Oscar
nomination for Best Documentary Feature.



Working in America for
the first time in 1982, Wenders made Hammett starring Frederic
Forrest and the cleverly self-reflexive The State of Things
before scoring his biggest critical success to date with Paris, Texas,
written by Sam Shepard. The film swept the major awards at the Cannes
Film Festival and earned Wenders a BAFTA Award for Best Director.



His
next major feature, Der Himmel uber Berlin (Wings of Desire),

written by Wenders and Peter Handke, was equally successful and is
regarded by many film critics as one of the most influential and
creative films ever made. The epic Until the End of the World
followed before Wenders made a sequel to Wings with Faraway,
So Close!
His lifelong love for music is evident by his numerous
recent concert projects with Willie Nelson and U2 and his direction of
The Soul of a Man
for the PBS series The Blues; and his
recent feature film credits include The End of Violence, The
Million Dollar Hotel
and Land of Plenty.