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Faraway, So Close!

In Weiter Ferne, So Nah!

“A considerably more complex film than Wings of Desire." - Los Angeles Times

21 July 2018 2 August 2018

German with English/Thai subtitles

 Cannes Grand Jury Prize Winner 1993

 

3 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall Wenders made a follow up to “Wings of Desire”. Berlin had become a different city and it appeared to him that he could tell this change best with the same characters. And so Damiel (Bruno Ganz) is now married to Marion (Solveig Dommartin), runs the pizzeria “Da Angelo” and the two have a child. The solitarily remaining angel Cassiel (Otto Sander) is more and more dissatisfied with his destiny as a mere observer of human life and finally decides to take the great leap. As Karl Engel he soon gets into a dubious milieu and finds himself as the assistant of the German American Baker (Horst Buchholz), who makes his money with shady arms deals and sends porno films east in exchange for weapons. Furthermore Cassiel alias Karl Engel meets “Emit Flesti” (Willem Dafoe), a Mephisto like character, who seems to embody “time itself”. And then there is Raphaela (Nastassja Kinski), his guarding angel companion who worriedly observes his development. Cassiel’s adventure turns into a “thriller” when he decides to put a stop to Baker’s game. With the help of Marion’s Circus friends he brakes into the weapons stash underneath the old Tempelhof airport and lets the Kalashnikov crates float into the Spree river. Peter Falk and detective Philip Winter (Rüdiger Vogler) are also in on it again. Heinz Rühmann can be seen in his last role. Mikhail Gorbachev and Lou Reed appear as guests. He never gathered a more improbable cast says Wenders.

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About the film

Director: Wim Wenders
Country: Germany/France
Year: 1993
Duration: 146 mins
Short Film: TBC