Podcast: Wim Wenders


ZFF Masters: Wim Wenders (2018)

This episode presents a ‘ZFF Masters’ with Wim Wenders, the director of cult films such as PARIS, TEXAS and WINGS OF DESIRE. He visited the Zurich Film Festival in 2018 and accepted the ‘A Tribute to...’-Award for his career. Wenders talks about the beginnings of his career in post-war Germany, his friendship with Swiss actor Bruno Ganz, how he shot PARIS, TEXAS under difficult circumstances and he reveals why he isn’t happy with the film he shot for Francis Ford Coppola’s studio Zoetrope.

Hosted by Christian Jungen
Language: English
Duration: 58 minutes

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Show Notes

  • Wim Wenders remembers the time he lived in Zurich in the late 70s to work on a script for Max Frisch’s Stiller, which he ultimately abandoned. [01:49]
  • Wim Wenders’ friendship with Bruno Ganz, whom he discovered in the theatre world of Berlin and eventually cast for THE AMERICAN FRIEND. [06:15]
  • The beginning of Wim Wenders’ career in postwar Germany. [10:08]
  • first film THE GOALIE’S ANXIETY AT THE PENALTY KICK and the development of what came to be famously known as «New German Cinema». [15:23]
  • time in the US, working for Francis Ford Coppola’s Zoetrope Studio in general and producing HAMMETT in particular. [21:30]
  • Wim Wenders’ fascination with the American West and the specific difficulties encountered while PARIS, TEXAS was in the works. [26:23]
  • Wim Wenders’ interest in shooting documentaries such as POPE FRANCIS: A MAN OF HIS WORD. [37:30]
  • Questions from the audience regarding UNTIL THE END OF THE WORLD, WINGS OF DESIRE and his social responsibility as a filmmaker. [43:19]