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Screening: ‘Pina’

Director Wim Wenders to Host Screening Thursday

Above: Acclaimed filmmaker Wim Wenders comes to San Diego for a special presentation of his Oscar-nominated "Pina" at United Artists Horton Plaza Theaters on Thursday night at 7:00 p.m.


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Wim Wenders Comes to San Diego


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.


Trailer: "pina"

Trailer for Oscar-nominated documentary "Pina."

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.

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Missionaccomplished | February 24, 2012 at 10:49 a.m. ― 5 years, 1 month ago

I'm sorry, you can have all the applause you want, but I've seen other documentaries about subjects which I knew little or nothing about or that were not of interest to me, yet drew me into their worlds. This, unfortunately, did not.

There were a few very good shots and some of the rehersals gave the audience a greater appreciation of the rigour involved, but ultimately, as a film, no.

And it is not due to a lack of patience, (I saw four people walk out), because I liked his THE AMERICAN FRIEND (1977) which has been considered a cult film since the 80's. Well I got my autograph on a review of THE AMERICAN FRIEND.

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