Wim Wenders returns to Sofia
9 February, 2018
The legendary filmmaker Wim Wenders is returning to Sofia almost 10 years after the local premiere of his Palermo Shooting. The president of the European Film Academy chose the Bulgarian capital to present his ambitious project Submergence - the film that opened the 65th San Sebastian Film Festival. Submergence is a love story that takes viewers to the drastically different worlds of the two main characters Danielle Flinders and James More, played by Alicia Vikander and James McAvoy, respectively. The film is an adaptation of the eponymous novel by J.M. Ledgard and the screenplay was written by Erin Dignam. The cast also includes Charlotte Rampling, Alexander Siddig and Audrey Quoturi in significant roles.
Another six of the most important titles in Wim Wenders' filmography will be screened for Bulgarian fans in March as a special present, the organisers of the 22nd Sofia Film Fest announced.
One of those is the digitally restored version of the 1984 classic Paris, Texas, which won the golden Palm award at the Cannes Film Festival. The film stars Nastassja Kinski and the recently deceased Harry Dean Stanton, with musical score by Ry Cooder.
Sofia Film Fest will be the first festival after the Berlinale to show the digitally restored version of Wings of Desire, whose original title is Der Himmel uber Berlin (literally Heaven over Berlin). The film, which offers a flight over Berlin somewhere between the magic and the real, brought Wim Wenders the award for best director at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival as well as many other international accolades. It also inspired the first book of photographs by the great master of visual arts - Written in the West.
A triple 3D spotlight on Wenders' work will feature Pina, a poetic documentary about Pina Bausch that was nominated for an Oscar.