Wim Wenders Retrospective: Kings of the Road

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Certificate18
Year1976
GenreDrama
DirectorWim Wenders
WritersWim Wenders
LanguageGerman, English
CountryGermany
Running Time2HR 56MINS
SeasonKino Dreams - Wim Wenders Retrospective

One of the finest achievements of New German Cinema, Wim Wenders' remarkable road-movie follows two young men as they travel through a country in the midst of momentous change. Screening in a brand new 4K restoration.

After driving his car at high speed off a road and into a river, losing all his worldly possessions, Robert (Hanns Zischler) hitches a ride with Bruno (Rüdiger Vogler), who travels across Germany's hinterland repairing projectors in run-down cinemas. Along the way, the two men meet people who exist on the fringes, and as part of the fabric, of German society. In attempting to reconcile their past, the two men find themselves increasingly at odds with each other.

Both a meditation on the passing of the age of great cinema and an acute study of life in post-war Germany, Kings of the Road remains one of Wenders' most enduring accomplishments. And its stunning monochrome images – at once pleasingly matter-of-fact, memorably lyrical and even, occasionally, reminiscent in their gentle melancholy of the films of John Ford – are by the late, great Robby Müller.

Kino Dreams is the first UK retrospective of Wenders’ films in 15 years and the first chance for UK audiences to experience the 4K restorations of Wings of DesireThe American Friend and Kings of The Road in cinemas. The tour aims to introduce a new generation of film fans to the work of one of world cinema's most curious and creative filmmakers.