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Wim Wenders’ Director’s Cut of UNTIL THE END OF THE WORLD is available now in 4K in the USA (Criterion Collection) and in Germany (Arthaus) on DVD and as Bluray since December 2019. The science fiction epic is considered one of his most important road movies and has lost none of its visionary power even thirty years after its release. The digitized versions of FARAWAY, SO CLOSE! and PARIS, TEXAS have also recently been released by Arthaus.

With the support of the Goethe Institute, restored Wenders films travelled until the end of the world – via the Philippines, Venezuela, Kosovo and Turkey – in 2019, and were celebrated at numerous restrospectives, some of them specially commemorating the unforgettable Bruno Ganz.

Wenders once travelled to the ends of Europe for LISBON STORY. In October/November 2019, the 4K restored version premiered in Frankfurt (A Season of Classics at DFF) and Lisbon (Lisbon & Sintra Film Festival). The restoration was made possible by the Film Heritage Funding program (financed by The Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, the Federal States and the German Federal Film Board). The screening in Frankfurt was financed by the Creative Europe MEDIA program. Our international partner network is to make LISBON STORY available again to a wider audience, twenty-five years after its creation.



… in film:

For the 6th time, the Wim Wenders Grant of the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW has been awarded to four further innovative film projects during its presentation ceremony on September 30, 2019: a documentary film in 360-degree 3D by Jan Raiber, a web series for Instagram/IGTV by Lumi Lausas, a thriller by Henning Beckhoff to be shot on GoPro action camera, and a feature film-documentary hybrid by Eli Roland Sachs.

We congratulate our previous grant recipients: at the 41st Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis in Saarbrücken (20-26.1.20), Lost in Face by Valentin Riedl won the audience award and the award for best music in the documentary competition, and the feature-length debut Cleo by Erik Schmitt ran in the children’s film series.

The drama Draußen in meinem Kopf (World Beyond My Mind) by Eibe Maleen Krebs is nominated for this year’s Grimme Award.

Our masterclass Wim Wenders – A Sense of Place is also to go online in the near future. It came about as an on-the-road “rolling masterclass” in a sort of tour bus with young filmmakers from the Cologne universities ifs – internationale filmschule and the Academy of Media Arts Cologne (KHM) (tba in the News section of our homepage).

… in academia:

Under the title Wim Wenders – Filmemacher, Fotograf, Grenzgänger (Wim Wenders – film maker, photographer, crossover artist) the University of Bamberg is organising an interdisciplinary conference under Professor Dr. Jörn Glasenapp from August 7 to 9, 2020, aiming to revisit his work in a new light.

… and at school:

We plan to make digitized WW films even more easily accessible to schools starting from the foundation’s location in Düsseldorf/North Rhine-Westphalia. And are thus looking forward to the Filmmuseum Düsseldorf’s presentation to local teachers of the publication Wim Wenders. Ausgewählte Werke für den Unterricht (Wim Wenders. Selected works as teaching material). And so as to appeal not only to teachers but also to students, we are cooperating with strong partners to finance and test film-related educational projects in the context of European film heritage.



In the year of his 75th birthday, Wim Wenders will continue to be on the road for the Foundation and as an active filmmaker and artist. In 2020, Wenders fans and followers can look forward to special personal insights into his life and work (more details in our News section in spring).

The Fondation Beyeler in Basel is holding a comprehensive exhibition of painter Edward Hopper‘s work from January 26th onwards, with the premiere of a new 3D film installation by Wim Wenders as its special highlight: Two or Three Things I Know About Edward Hopper was created with reference to Hopper’s “American Spirit.”

Wim Wenders’ current film projects include a documentary about and featuring Peter Zumthor, as well as a cinematic approach to the myth of peace.

Even more news, background information and references to current Foundation and film projects can be found in the WW calendar and on our Facebook page.


Photo: Lois Chiles in Until the End of the World, 1991 © Wim Wenders Foundation