May 20, 2023
Wim Wenders during the Cannes Film Festival (AFP)
Some 40 years after Wim Wenders won the Palme d’Or, the program for the seventy-sixth edition of the Cannes festival includes two of his films, one a documentary and the other a novel.
In fact, “Anselm”, shown outside the competition on Wednesday, is not a documentary in the strict sense of the word, but an “experimental work” about the works of his compatriot Anselm Kiefer, one of the contemporary stars. Art, as Wenders explained in an interview with Agence France-Presse.
As in his 2011 film about the biography of the famous choreographer Bina Basch, Wenders (age 77), known for his cinematic experiences from the sixties of the twentieth century, used three-dimensional technology to implement his project.
In fluent French, he said, “3D technology is an immersive way that allows viewers to feel closer to the person they see on screen. There is something about emotion and feeling.
“It’s an experience,” he says. This is necessary to understand Anselm’s works, which are often large and consist of relief pieces.
In addition to his films that made him one of the most important film directors in the world, such as “Alice in the City” in 1974 and “Wings of Desire” in 1987, Wim Wenders emphasized that he also shot works in Hollywood. As in Tokyo and Paris, he won the Palme d’Or in 1984 for “Paris, Texas,” and went on to direct ten documentaries.
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