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Two from Wim: Paris, Texas (1984)

Opens on April 12

Director: Wim Wenders Run Time: 145 min. Rating: R Release Year: 1984

Starring: Aurore Clément, Dean Stockwell, Harry Dean Stanton, Hunter Carson, Nastassja Kinski

Country: West Germany, France, United Kingdom, United States
Language: English, Spanish

This weekend only, experience two films from Wim Wenders: Wings of Desire (1987) 4K Restoration and Paris, Texas (1984).

About the film:

New German Cinema pioneer Wim Wenders brings his keen eye for landscape to the American Southwest in Paris, Texas (1984), a profoundly moving character study written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Sam Shepard. The film follows the mysterious, nearly mute drifter Travis (a magnificent Harry Dean Stanton, whose face is a landscape all its own) as he tries to reconnect with his young son, living with his brother (Dean Stockwell) in Los Angeles, and his missing wife (Nastassja Kinski).

From this simple setup, Wenders and Shepard produce a powerful statement on codes of masculinity and the myth of the American family, as well as an exquisite visual exploration of a vast, crumbling world of canyons and neon. Acclaimed by critics, Paris, Texas (1984) was awarded numerous honors and accolades, including the Palme d’Or, the FIPRESCI Prize, and the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival.

“A deeply affecting film about family, separation, loss and a man’s last act of repentance.”

—Sheila Benson, Los Angeles Times

About the filmmaker:

Wim Wenders is a German filmmaker, playwright, author, and photographer. He is a major figure in New German Cinema. He has received three nominations for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for Buena Vista Social Club (1999), Pina (2011), and The Salt of the Earth (2014). He won a BAFTA Award for Best Direction for his narrative drama Paris, Texas (1984), which also won the Palme d’Or at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival. Many of his subsequent films have also been recognized at Cannes, including Wings of Desire (1987), for which he won the Best Director Award at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival.

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