Wim Wenders

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  • Birth Name: Wilhelm Ernst Wenders
  • Birth Place: Düsseldorf, Germany
  • Profession: Director, Producer, Writer, Photographer
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Fast Facts

  • After studying medicine and philosophy for two years in college, dropped out to become a painter in Paris.
  • First full-length feature film, Summer in the City, was his graduation project.
  • Founding member of the production company Filmverlag der Autoren, which was responsible for producing many of the German New Wave films.
  • Started his own production company, Road Movies, in 1975.
  • Founding member of the European Film Academy.
  • His photographs have been exhibited as a collection called Pictures from the Surface of the Earth.

Awards

  • 2015, David di Donatello Awards — Best Foreign Film: Nominee
  • 2014, Oscar — Best Documentary (Feature): Nominee
  • 1989, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Foreign Film: Winner
  • 2000, Berlin Film Festival — Special Award - Silver Bear: Winner
  • 1982, Venice Film Festival — Best Film: Winner
  • 1999, Oscar — Best Documentary (Feature): Nominee
  • 2011, Oscar — Best Documentary (Feature): Nominee
  • 1984, Cannes Film Festival — Palme d'Or: Winner
  • 2012, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Film not in the English Language: Nominee
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  • 1989, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Film not in the English Language: Nominee
  • 1987, Cannes Film Festival — Best Director: Winner
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  • 1988, European Film Awards — European Director: Winner
  • 1999, European Film Awards — European Film Academy Documentary - Prix ARTE: Winner
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  • 2000, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Film not in the English Language: Nominee
  • 2012, Writers Guild Awards — Documentary Screenplay: Nominee
  • 1998, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Director: Nominee
  • 2011, Deutscher Filmpreis — Best Direction: Nominee
  • 2015, Berlin Film Festival — Lifetime Achievement (Honorary Golden Bear): Winner
  • 2015, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Documentary: Nominee
  • 1985, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Direction: Winner
  • 1993, Cannes Film Festival — Grand Jury Prize: Winner

Relationships

  • Solveig Dommartin — Ex-significant Other
  • Edda Köchl — Ex-wife
  • Ronee Blakley — Ex-wife
  • Lisa Kreuzer — Ex-significant Other
  • Donata Schmidt — Wife

College

  • Hochschule für Fernsehen and Film, Munich, West Germany (1970)

Details

  • Birth Name: Wilhelm Ernst Wenders
  • Birth Place: Düsseldorf, Germany
  • Profession: Director, Producer, Writer, Photographer

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