Berliner Geschichten: Der Himmel über Berlin (1987)

Hoezo in Kino

The late great film critic Roger Ebert observed about Wim Wenders’ existentialist drama that “if the human being is the only animal that knows it lives in time, the movie is about that knowledge.” Well stated. And with a beautifully intimate performance from Bruno Ganz (who sadly departed this realm earlier this year) and the superb cinematography of legendary DoP Henri Alekan, this film is a modern classic of German cinema presented here in a beautiful digital restoration. Presented in German with English subtitles.

Regie: Wim Wenders

Cast: Bruno Ganz, Solveig Dommartin, Otto Sander


Drama, Fantasie, Romantiek

Land: Duitsland

Speelduur: 128 minuten

Taal: Duits

Ondertiteling: Engels


Visible only to those like them and to human children, the two angelic guardians Damiel and Cassiel wander around West-Berlin, observing life and attempting to provide comfort to the troubled. When Damiel unexpectedly falls in love with the beautiful and mortal trapeze artist Marion, he begins to realize the insufferable burden of eternity and his mournful lack of feelings in a physical world overflowing with emotions. What is it like to touch, breathe, and live? Is a life on Earth better than a solitary existence in the sky? Ready to trade his wings for a life with her, he learns that just like his immortal life, a mortel one has limitations.

► 02.11 + 19.11: M – Eine Stadt such einen Mörder (1931)
► 05.11 + 30.11: Possession (1981)
► 09.11 + 03.12: B-Movie: Lust & Sound in West-Berlin 1979-1989 (2015)
► 12.11 + 22.11: Christiane F. – Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo (1981)
► 16.11 + 17.12: Cabaret (1972)
► 23.11: Berlin Alexanderplatz – part 1 (1980)
► 24.11: Berlin Alexanderplatz – part 2 (1980)
► 26.11 + 07.12: Good Bye, Lenin! (2003) – 35mm presentation
► 10.12 + 21.12: Das Leben der Anderen (2006)
► 14.12 + 24.12: Der Himmel über Berlin (1987)

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