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Granted unique access to Wim Wenders over a two-year period, Marcel Wehn's documentary, Wim Wenders' Story Of His Early Years sheds an extremely personal and intimate light on the early life and work of one of cinema's most iconic directors.
The film follows Wenders on a journey into the past that takes him from his sheltered upbringing in post-war Germany to the inaugural class of the Munich Film School, via Paris as a young painter, and on to the movies of the 1970s that cemented his name in film history.
Apart from Wenders himself, some of his most important fellow-travellers also have their say, including Peter Handke (writer Wrong Move, Wings of Desire), Robby Müller (cinematographer Kings of The Road, Wings of Desire), Rüdiger Vogler (Alice in the Cities, Kings of the Road), Bruno Ganz (The American Friend, Wings of Desire) and Lisa Kreuzer (Alice in the Cities, The American Friend). As they reflect on their own personal experiences with Wenders, both private and professional, they discuss some of the fundamental recurring themes of his films - the search for identity, friendship and communication.