WIM WENDERS TURNS 70: Five film, stage and music facts about the director and photographer

Wim Wenders 2015 by Peter Lindbergh [Screenshot of video by museumkunstpalast].
Wim Wenders 2015 by Peter Lindbergh [Screenshot of video by museumkunstpalast].

Ernst Wilhelm, or “Wim” Wenders. On August 14, 2015 the German director celebrates his 70th birthday. Mostly he is known for his special style of making films. Moody, emotional and with a lot of space. We have five facts about the winner of the Cannes Film Festival award.

MUSIC – Wim Wenders likes to work with famous musicians whhen creating the soundtrack to his films. He also directed many videos for musicians. Bands like U2, Depeche Mode or R.E.M. have written and contributed songs to his movies. Such as this track by U2’s Bono and The Edge. Both wrote “Don’t Come Knocking” for Wenders 2005 film of the same name.

PHOTO – Wim Wenders also works as a photographer for a long time. His long-running project “Pictures from the Surface of the Earth” even began in the early 1980s. Similar to his style of shooting movies, his photos often show landscapes – oftentimes without people. Wim Wenders’ most recent exhibition “4REAL & TRUE2” takes place in Düsseldorf, Germany.

STAGE – In 2011 Wim Wenders was asked to stage the 2013 cycle of Richard Wagner’s “Der Ring des Nibelungen” at the Bayreuth Festival. The project did not happen since Wenders wanted to film it in 3D. The Wagner family, who organizes the event, found the idea too expensive and disruptive.

FILM – Wim Wenders directed the documentary movie “Buena Vista Social Club”. Telling the story of musician and songwriter Ry Cooder bringing together the ensemble of legendary Cuban musicians of the Buena Vista Social Club – to record an album and to perform in two concerts with a full line-up.

WRITING – In his younger years Wim Wenders also worked as a film critic for Munich daily newspaper “Süddeutsche Zeitung” as well as the famous “Der Spiegel” magazine.

More about that:
Wim Wenders Website
Wim Wenders Foundation

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