German filmmaker Wim Wenders (b. 1945) is celebrated in a major career retrospective at Museum of Modern Art, New York. The collection of screenings is a cooperative venture with the Berlin International Film Festival — which dedicates its 2015 Homage to Wenders, presenting him with an Honorary Golden Bear award for lifetime achievement — and Deutsche Kinemathek — Museum for Film und Fernsehen.
The presentation at MoMA includes 20 feature films and numerous shorts, capturing the breadth of Wenders’s career, from his 16mm experimental works of the late 1960s, including Same Player Shoots Again (1968) and Silver City (1969), to the New York premiere of his most recent film, The Salt of the Earth (2014). Due for commercial release in Spring 2015, his newest film is a documentary profile of the Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado and won the Un Certain Regard Special Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
Visitors can also expect to see new digital restorations of some of Wenders’s most cherished fiction and nonfiction films: The Goalkeeper’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick (1972); Alice in the Cities (1974); The American Friend (1977); Paris, Texas (1984); Tokyo-Ga (1985); Notebook on Cities and Clothes (1989); and the North American premiere of the full-length director’s cut of Until the End of the World (1991). The series of films culminates with Wenders’s vibrant documentaries about music, dance, and filmmaking: Lightning over Water (1980), Die Gebrüder Skladanowsky (1995), Buena Vista Social Club (1999), The Soul of a Man (2003), and Pina (2011).
Wenders himself is set to introduce many of the screenings, and will also participate in an onstage conversation with his longtime collaborator Peter Handke, the Austrian author who coscripted 3 American LPs (1969), The Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick (1972), False Move (1975), and Wings of Desire (1987), in a conversation moderated by Ian Buruma, whose latest book of essays is Theater of Cruelty: Art, Film, and the Shadows of War (The New York Review of Books, 2014). The retrospective also includes a premiere of a new digital restoration of The Left-Handed Woman (1978), which Handke directed from his own novel and Wenders produced. In addition, IFC Center, with Janus Films, will present a selection of Wenders’ films in theatrical runs in Autumn 2015.
Wim Wenders, 2 – 17 March, The Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters, MoMA, New York.