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Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

Wings of Desire

Der Himmel über Berlin

1987, Wim Wenders, Germany, 128 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Dec 28th 3:45pm
  • Fri, Dec 28th 7:45pm
  • Sat, Dec 29th 7:45pm
  • Sun, Dec 30th 4:30pm
  • Wed, Jan 2nd 6:00pm
  • Thu, Jan 3rd 7:45pm
New 4K restoration!

“A sublimely beautiful, deeply romantic film for our times.”--David Stratton, Variety

"The difference [of the new restoration] is stupendous...The film does not differ from the original, not in a single frame, but it just looks infinitely better. It also sounds better."--Wim Wenders

Wim Wenders--and New German Cinema in general--arguably reached a peak in this stunning mixture of fantasy and neorealism. The German title translates as THE SKY OVER BERLIN; the story centers on the trench-coated angel Damiel (Ganz), who, along with his seraphic companions, moves invisibly through the still-divided city, reading people’s innermost thoughts but remaining excluded from their world of flesh, color, and mortality. After falling in love with a trapeze artist, Damiel longs to shed his wings and fall to earth. The luminous cinematography by veteran Henri Alekan (BEAUTY AND THE BEAST) soars like an angel but always stays in touch with the grit and turmoil of the Berlin streets. Hampered by technical limitations when the film was made, Wenders considers this new 4K DCP digital restoration a truer rendition of the original image and sound. In German, English, French, Turkish, Hebrew, Spanish, and Japanese with English subtitles. (MR)

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