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Wings of Desire
Irish Architecture Foundation, Bachelors Walk, Ireland
Doors at 6pm, screening at 6.30pm
The IAF have partnered with the Temple Bar Gallery + Studios to deliver two film screenings, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and Wings of Desire, in the IAF theatre as part of the 7th edition of the Dublin Art Book Fair themed on Art and Architecture. The focus of Dublin Art Book Fair will be on the interdisciplinary aspects of Art and Architecture, their contingencies and overlaps, as well as their explicitly divergent natures. Wings of Desire, directed by Wim Wenders in 1987, has been selected and and will be introduced by Kathleen James Chakraborty, Professor Art and Architectural History, UCD and former IAF Chair. Here’s some info on the film:
In Wings of Desire, director Wim Wenders’ (Paris, Texas, Alice in the Cities) most metaphysical work, a guardian angel desires nothing more than to be human. Every day, Dammiel (Bruno Ganz, The American Friend, Downfall) listens to the thoughts of mortals who play their lives out on the streets of West Berlin. He finds himself entranced by a trapeze artist (Solveig Dommartin, Until the End of the World) whose eloquent expression of her doubts and fears makes him yearn for a life where he can feel happiness and love.
Like Michael Powell’s A Matter of Life and Death, the afterlife in Wings of Desire is a world in monochrome. Only the living can see in full colour and it is their lives, with their moments of sorrow and joy, that Wim Wenders captures so eloquently in this singularly original film that was co-written with Peter Handke (The Goalkeeper’s Fear of the Penalty, Wrong Move). Winner of the Best Director prize at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival, Wings of Desire is both a paean to Germany’s capital and a rumination on human existence, and remains one of the most vital films ever made.
Country: West Germany / France
Duration: 128 minutes
Shooting Format: 35mm black & white and colour
Original Aspect ratio: 1.66:1
Language: German, French, English