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Wim Wenders Comes to San Diego

February 23, 2012 12:27 p.m.

Wim Wenders Comes to San Diego

Related Story: Screening: 'Pina'


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ANCHOR INTRO: San Diego doesn't often play host to Oscar-nominated filmmakers but tonight Wim Wenders (pronounced Vim Venders) will present a screening of his Academy Award nominated documentary "Pina." KPBS arts reporter Beth Accomando has details.

Filmmaker Wim Wenders helped usher in the German New Wave of the 1970s. He received an Oscar nomination in 1999 for "The Buena Vista Social Club" and another this year for the documentary "Pina." Wenders had been working with choreographer Pina Bausch on a dance film but she passed away before the film was completed so Wenders turned it into a tribute to her. In a press interview Wenders discussed her groundbreaking style.

WENDERS: Pina started out with a whole different presence than dance in general, she said I'm not interested in how my dancers move, I am only interested in what moves them. And that is a gigantic difference, all of a sudden dance deals with something.

Wenders will be in San Diego tonight to hold a Q&A after the 7:00 p.m. screening of "Pina" at the United Artists Horton Plaza Theaters. This is a rare opportunity for audience members to ask a filmmaker about his work. "Pina" presents the dances in 3-D in an effort to capture the novelty of Bausch's work, like this dance that takes place in rainy pools of water on stage.

Dance and music.

Wenders' film is up for a best documentary award this Sunday. A win could mean the film will have a longer life in theaters and better sales on DVD.

Beth Accomando, KPBS News.