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Wim Wenders: Documentaries are freer


May 20, 2023

17:11 pm

Wim Wenders during the Cannes Film Festival (AFP)

Almost 40 years after Wim Wenders won the Palme d’Or, the program of the seventy-sixth edition of the Cannes Festival includes two of his films, one a documentary and the other a novel. Adventure.
In fact, “Anselm”, which was shown outside the competition on Wednesday, is not a documentary in the strict sense of the word, but rather an “experimental work” about the work of his compatriot Anselm Kiefer, one of the stars of contemporary art, as Wenders explained in an interview with Agence France-Presse.
As in his 2011 film about the biography of the famous choreographer Pina Bausch, Wenders (77 years old), known for his cinematic experiences since the sixties of the twentieth century, used three-dimensional technology to implement his project.
In French, which he is fluent in, he says, “3D technology is an immersive way that allows the viewer to feel closer to the person they see on the screen. There is something about emotion and feeling.”
“It’s an experience,” he says. This is needed to understand Anselm’s works, which are often voluminous and have fragments in relief.’
In addition to his feature films that made him one of the most prominent film directors in the world, such as “Alice in the Cities” in 1974 and “Wings of Desire” in 1987, Wim Wenders insisted, who filmed works in Hollywood as well as in Tokyo and Paris, and won the Palme d’Or in 1987. 1984 for “Paris, Texas”, to continue directing documentaries, which totaled about ten.

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