Wings of Desire, Wenders’s classic fable about the hunger of a wistful angel for mortal life, was also a city symphony dedicated to Berlin as it stood two years before the fall of the wall. The Berlin of that film’s sequel, made six years later, is a very different place: unified in name but overrun with crime, corruption, and—in what turns out to be a key theme here—Americans. The underrated Faraway, So Close! is no less thoughtful or generous than its predecessor, and Kinski’s turn as a sympathetic, trench coat–clad angel now stands as one of her best mid-career performances. She joined one of the most gloriously eccentric casts in movie history, including Peter Falk, Willem Dafoe, Lou Reed, and, in his first film role, Mikhail Gorbachev.
Film runs Saturday, November 29, 2014 - Sunday, November 30, 2014