Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Acclaimed filmmaker Wim Wenders comes to San Diego to host a Q&A following the 7:00 p.m. screening of his Oscar-nominated documentary "Pina" Thursday February 23 at United Artists Horton Plaza Theaters.
Wim Wenders was heralded as part of the German New Wave in the 1970s. He has a long list of film credits ranging from his brilliant work in West Germany on films such as "The American Friend" and "Wings of Desire" to stunning American projects like "Paris, Texas" to his Oscar-nominated documentary "The Buena Vista Social Club." He is a filmmaker who challenges conventions and refuses to be contained by any boundaries. His films are beautiful explorations of how to use the language of cinema to tell a story.
His latest film is a breathtaking portrait of and tribute to choreographer Pina Bausch, who died in 2009. Wenders and Bausch had been collaborating on a 3D dance film and that project was transformed into the documentary "Pina." Wenders captures Bausch's unique choreography and conveys how clever, inventive, innovative, and dazzling her work could be. He also speaks with those who worked with her and gives a nice spin on the talking heads interviews by having all the interviewees silent in what are like on-camera portraits as we hear their voices describe Bausch. It's a lovely twist that makes us listen more closely as it allows the interviewees to convey something extra through their silent facial expressions.
But it's the dance that rivets us to the screen and Wenders showcases it magnificently. The trailer gives a taste of what to expect.
San Diego audiences have a truly rare and exceptional opportunity to see the film followed by a Q&A with the director this Thursday night. I am so thrilled the the studio has seen fit to bring Wenders to San Diego so I hope people will come out to support the film. I will have an interview with the director on Friday so look for a post then on Cinema Junkie.