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Born: August 14, 1945 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Germany Profession: Director ...
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Moved to Oberhausen while still a juvenile; began attending the city's annual short film festival
1966:
Began, but did not complete, application to the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris (to Wenders' dislike, program required a preliminary course in life drawing); studied privately with Johnny Friedlander; frequented the Cinematheque Francaise; applied to IDHEC but was not accepted
1966:
First short film as director, "Schauplatze/Locations" (16mm, 10 mins); no longer extant
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Worked as critic for journal FILMKRITIK and newspaper DIE SUDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG
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First collaboration with director of photography Robby Muller on the student film "Alabama: 2000 Light Years" (35mm, 22 mins)
1969:
First collaboration with writer Peter Handke on the independent short "3 American LPs" (16mm, 15 mins); Wenders and Handke appear in the film driving a car
1970:
Feature film directing, producing and writing debut, "Summer in the City"; made as graduation project; first collaboration with editor Peter Przygodda; film is "dedicated to the Kinks"
1970:
Along with 11 other filmmakers, formed Filmverlag der Autoren/The Filmmaker's Company to insure the distribution of their films
1971:
Professional feature directing and co-writing (with Peter Handke) debut, "The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick"; first of nine collaborations (to date) with actor Rudiger Vogler
1974:
First of three "road movies" with Vogler, "Alice in the Cities"
1975:
Second movie of trilogy, "Wrong Move"
1976:
Established his own production company, Road Movies Produktion
1976:
Completed trilogy with "Kings of the Road"
1977:
Won international attention for "The American Friend", starring Dennis Hopper and Bruno Ganz
1979:
Co-directed (with Nicholas Ray) "Lightning Over Water", detailing Ray's fight to finish his life at work while battling cancer
1982:
Indirectly documented his difficulities making first US feature "Hammett" in "The State of Things", a self-referrential film that contrasts American and European filmmaking styles
1984:
Directed "Paris, Texas", an English-language film with screenplay by Sam Shepard; guitarist Ry Cooder supplied the haunting, plaintive score
1985:
First collaboration with editor Solveig Dommartin, the documentary "Tokyo-Ga"
1987:
Made "Wings of Desire", starring Ganz as an angel who wanders Berlin, yearning for a physical, human existence
1991:
Became chair of the newly founded European Film Academy
1991:
Expressed disappointment with the 2 1/2 cut of "Until the End of the World" that was released; alternate version (more than twice as long), though still problematic, revealed what the director had been after
1995:
Participated in the "Lumiere and Company" project, shooting a scene with the original hand-cranking camera
1995:
Collaborated with Michelangelo Antonioni on "Beyond the Clouds", writing and directing the "frames" between the segments helmed by the Italian master; hired as an insurance policy in case Antonioni's health prevented him from finishing movie; last collaboration (to date) with Robby Muller as director of photography
1997:
Helmed "The End of Violence", scripted by Nicholas Klein; first feature since "Wings of Desire" to secure US distribution; director Sam Fuller portrayed Gabriel Byrne's father
1998:
"City of Angels", loosely based on "Wings of Desire" was released
1999:
Helmed the documentary "Buena Vista Social Club", focusing on Cuba musicians tracked down by Ry Cooder; film was nominated for a Best Feature Documentary Academy Award
2000:
Directed "The Million Dollar Hotel", starring Mel Gibson (Bono who collaborated with Wenders and Klein on the screenplay was originally slated to act in film); Bono had performed on the soundtrack for "The End of Violence"; Wenders has directed music videos for the band; released theatrically in the USA in 2001
2004:
Had a Cameo in the Disney live action feature "Around the World in 80 Days"
2006:
Directed Sam Shepard as a washed up cowboy actor in the neo-Western "Don't Come Knocking"
2007:
Directed the "War and Peace" segment of the French film anthology "Chacun son cinéma ou Ce petit coup au coeur quand la lumière s'éteint et que le film commence/To Each His Own Cinema"
2008:
Directed and co-wrote the drama "Palermo Shooting"
2011:
Wrote and directed the documentary "Pina," a musical tribute to choreographer Pina Bausch.

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