This is the story of West Berliners who are confined by the wall shortly before its fall, and angels who can fly through it.
Damiel (Bruno Ganz) is an angel perched atop buildings high over Berlin who can hear the thoughts—fears, hopes, dreams—of all the people living below. But when he falls in love with a beautiful trapeze artist (Solveig Dommartin), he is willing to give up his immortality and come back to earth to be with her.
Wings of Desire was made in 1987, before the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the feeling of division is one that permeates the film. Not only is Berlin a city carved in half, but its inhabitants, both human and celestial, are cut off from love and sensation.
Introduced by Gul Kacmaz Erk. Guest speaker: Liat Savin Ben Shoshan, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem.
The Walled Cities film season is about three cities in which political conflict is in the foreground and visualised through urban walls: the Palestinian West Bank wall, Belfast peace walls and the Berlin wall. An introduction and discussion will accompany each screening. Discussions will focus on the role of fiction film in the representation of political conflict in contemporary urban societies.
This is a CACity research group (Cinema and Architecture in the City) event series funded by the SNBE Culture and Society cluster. Visit here for more information.
Yann Demange’s taut drama – with an atmospheric score by David Holmes – tells the story of a British soldier caught behind enemy lines in Belfast during the Troubles.
Hany Abu-Assad’s Oscar-nominated Omar is set against the backdrop of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It tells the gripping story of a Palestinian baker whose heart might be on the Israeli or Palestinian side of the wall.