Berlinale to honor Wim Wenders

The Berlin International Film Festival will award an Honorary Golden Bear to the German filmmaker and present a retrospective of his feature films and documentaries.
August 22, 2014

The Berlin International Film Festival will honor Wim Wenders (pictured) with an Honorary Golden Bear award and career retrospective.

Next year, the festival’s Homage program will screen 10 of the German filmmaker’s features and documentaries, including his classic 1987 feature Wings of Desire on February 12. The full list of films will be announced this fall.

“In dedicating the Homage to Wim Wenders, we honor one of the most noted contemporary auteurs,” said Dieter Kosslick, the festival’s director, in a statement. “His cross-genre and multifaceted work as a filmmaker, photographer and author has shaped our living memory of cinema, and continues to inspire other filmmakers.”

Wenders began working as a director in the 1970s and has made approximately 50 films, including the documentaries Pina, A Trick of the Light, Tokyo-Ga and Lightning Over Water.

His latest doc, The Salt of the Earth, looks at the 40-year career of photographer Sebasti√£o Salgado and won a Special Prize honor from the jury of the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year.

The 65th annual Berlin International Festival runs from February 5 to 15.

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