Wim Wenders: Portraits Along the Road – THE LEFT-HANDED WOMAN

Left-Handed Woman

“Writer-director Handke and producer Wenders present a new digital restoration of this exquisite—and little seen—film of the 1970s. A married woman living in the suburbs of Paris separates from her husband and begins adjusting to a life alone. She translates Flaubert, putters around the kitchen, picks up her father from the train station, and hikes with her son. As the banal particulars of her daily routine proceed in a rigorously poetic fashion, every spoken word and gesture feels deliberate and momentous. With its austere compositions, minimal camera movement, and delicately restrained performances by Edith Clever and Bruno Ganz, THE LEFT-HANDED WOMAN is a powerful meditation on autonomy, self-preservation, and liberation. Handke cited Chantal Akerman as a key influence when the film premiered at Cannes, though the family dramas of Yasujiro Ozu seem equally apt.”—The Museum of Modern Art. (115 mins.) 

THE LEFT-HANDED WOMAN screens Saturday, March 19 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum). The film is being presented as part of the touring Wim Wenders: Portraits Along the Road series.

Tickets available online and at the door.

Wim Wenders: Portraits Along the Road – WINGS OF DESIRE

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WINGS OF DESIRE marked Wenders’ homecoming and was his first German film after eight years in America. The main characters are guardian angels—benevolent, invisible beings in trench coats—who listen to the thoughts of mortals and attempt to comfort them. One of them, Damiel (Bruno Ganz), wishes to become human after he falls in love with the beautiful trapeze artist Marion (Solveig Dommartin). Actor Peter Falk, playing himself, helps Damiel during his transformation by introducing him to life’s little pleasures. The film is narrated from the perspective of the angels, who see the world in black and white. Only when Damiel becomes human does a world of color reveal itself to him. (128 mins.) 

WINGS OF DESIRE screens Saturday, March 19 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum). The film is being presented as part of the touring Wim Wenders: Portraits Along the Road series.

Tickets available online and at the door.

Wim Wenders: Portraits Along the Road – PARIS, TEXAS

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This unconventional road movie is based on a script by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Sam Shepard and tells the story of Travis (Harry Dean Stanton), a man who one day wanders out of Mexico and into the blazing heat of the South Texas desert. Travis does not speak a word and seems to have lost much of his memory, but he is driven by a desire to find and reunite his family: his young wife, Jane (Nastassja Kinski), whom he estranged through his pathological jealousy, and his seven-year-old son, Hunter (Hunter Carson). Travis is helped in his quest by his brother Walt (Dean Stockwell) and Walt’s wife Ann (Aurore Clément), who have cared for Travis’s son in the years he’s been missing. Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival.” The movie lacks any of the gimmicks used to pump up emotion and add story interest, because it doesn’t need them: It is fascinated by the sadness of its own truth.”– Roger Ebert. (148 mins.) 

PARIS, TEXAS screens Sunday, March 13 at 7:15pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum). The film is being presented as part of the touring Wim Wenders: Portraits Along the Road series.

Tickets available online and at the door.

Wim Wenders: Portraits Along the Road – THE STATE OF THINGS

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THE STATE OF THINGS is a highly personal film about filmmaking in Europe and America. A film crew finds itself stranded at the westernmost tip of Europe, where the director, Friedrich Munro (Patrick Bauchau), his cameraman (Sam Fuller), scriptwriter, and actors have been abandoned by their producer. After shooting their last feet of film, there is nothing left for them to do but wait. Friedrich finally sets out for Los Angeles to search for the missing producer (Allen Garfield) and finds him hiding in his RV on Sunset Boulevard, attempting to evade a group of unscrupulous gangsters. Friedrich unwillingly finds himself pulled into the underworld conflict, armed with only a Super 8 camera for protection. (100 mins.) 

THE STATE OF THINGS screens Friday, March 11 at 8pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum). The film is being presented as part of the touring Wim Wenders: Portraits Along the Road series.

Tickets available online and at the door.

Wim Wenders: Portraits Along the Road – THE AMERICAN FRIEND

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Jonathan Zimmermann (Bruno Ganz) believes that he will soon die of leukemia. An unscrupulous American named Tom Ripley (Dennis Hopper) learns of his plight and exploits Zimmermann’s illness for his own purposes. He introduces Zimmermann to underworld figure Minot (Gérard Blain), who offers to hire the terminally ill man as a professional hit man. He is to be paid extravagantly for his work, thus enabling him to leave something behind for his wife (Lisa Kreuzer) and their child. What does he have to lose, since he is going to die anyway? The cast of Wenders’ film includes not only the directors Hopper and Blain but also Hollywood legends Sam Fuller and Nicholas Ray, as well as Peter Lilienthal, Daniel Schmid, and Jean Eustache. (126 mins.) 

THE AMERICAN FRIEND screens Sunday, March 13 at 4:30pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum). The film is being presented as part of the touring Wim Wenders: Portraits Along the Road series.

Tickets available online and at the door.

Wim Wenders: Portraits Along the Road – KINGS OF THE ROAD

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Wenders began shooting KINGS OF THE ROAD in an era of mass cinematic extinction, relying not on a script but on a pre-discovered route which took him through the little towns along the Berlin Wall that still contained movie theaters. KINGS OF THE ROAD is about a friendship between two men: Bruno, a.k.a. King of the Road (Rüdiger Vogler), who repairs film projectors and travels along the inner German border in his truck, and the psychologist Robert, a.k.a. Kamikaze (Hanns Zischler), who is fleeing from his own past. After driving his old Volkswagen straight into the Elbe River in a half-hearted suicide attempt, Robert is fished out of the river by Bruno. Thus begins a shared journey through a German no-man’s-land, a journey that leads them from the Lüneburg Heath to the Bavarian Forest. The men’s old moving van, outfitted with film projectors in the back, becomes a metaphor for the history of film—it is no coincidence that the film is dedicated to legendary German director Fritz Lang. (175 mins.) 

KINGS OF THE ROAD screens Thursday, March 10 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum). The film is being presented as part of the touring Wim Wenders: Portraits Along the Road series.

Tickets available online and at the door.

Wim Wenders: Portraits Along the Road – ALICE IN THE CITIES

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ALICE IN THE CITIES is technically Wenders’ fourth film, but he often refers to it as his first, because it was during the making of this film that he discovered the “road movie,” the genre that would eventually become his signature. It was also his first film to be shot (partially) in the U.S. and the first to feature his alter ego, Philip Winter (Rüdiger Vogler). Winter, a German journalist, wants to write a story about America but is unable to produce anything apart from a series of Polaroids. The day before Winter is set to return home, a woman convinces him to take her daughter Alice (Yella Rottländer) with him. Saying that she has urgent business to take care of, the woman agrees to meet them in Amsterdam to reclaim her daughter. When the mother fails to appear as planned, Winter and Alice set out to try to find Alice’s grandmother in the Ruhr region of Germany. During their search together, their initial mutual dislike gradually transforms into a heartfelt affection. (112 mins.) 

ALICE IN THE CITIES screens Sunday, March 6 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum). The film is being presented as part of the touring Wim Wenders: Portraits Along the Road series.

Tickets available online and at the door.

Wim Wenders: Portraits Along the Road – WRONG MOVE

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Glückstadt in northern Germany, a palace along the Rhine, a housing project on the outskirts of Frankfurt, and finally the Zugspitze—these are the stations of the journey that young Wilhelm Meister (Rüdiger Vogler) hopes will save him from the gloomy irritability and despondency that plague him in his hometown. It is in these alien environs that he hopes to finally satisfy his most uncontrollable urge: to write. Imagining that the journey will broaden his horizons and develop his voice as an author, this unusual path actually leads Wilhelm through an unbroken series of failures. Each successive disaster is the result of his own faults as well as the shortcomings of the people he meets along the way: Laertes (Hans Christian Blech), the street singer struggling with his Nazi past, the mute girl Mignon (Nastassja Kinski in her first role), the poet (Peter Kern), and the actress Therese (Hanna Schygulla). (103 mins.) 

WRONG MOVE screens Saturday, March 5 at 3pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum). The film is being presented as part of the touring Wim Wenders: Portraits Along the Road series.

Tickets available online and at the door.

Wim Wenders: Portraits Along the Road – THE GOALIE’S ANXIETY AT THE PENALTY KICK

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Goalkeeper Josef Bloch (Arthur Brauss) is sent off after committing a foul during an away game; a seemingly simple act that causes him to completely lose his bearings. He wanders aimlessly through an unfamiliar town, spends the night with the box-office attendant of a movie theater (Erika Pluhar), and strangles her the next morning. But instead of turning himself in or fleeing, Bloch then goes to the country place of his ex-girlfriend (Kai Fischer) and passively waits there for the police to come and arrest him. As Wenders himself has stated, the visual idiom of Alfred Hitchcock’s films provided the model for this, his debut film. Adhering minutely to the thoroughly “cinematic” source (a novel by Peter Handke) and working with cameraman Robby Müller and editor Peter Przygodda—both of whom had already worked with him on his thesis film at the HFF (University of Television and Film Munich)—Wenders’ first cinematic collaboration would weld his team together for years to come. (100 mins.) 

THE GOALIE’S ANXIETY AT THE PENALTY KICK screens Friday, March 4 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum). The film is being presented as part of the touring Wim Wenders: Portraits Along the Road series.

Tickets available online and at the door.

On Art and Artists: THE SALT OF THE EARTH

The Salt of the Earth

For the last 40 years, Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado has been travelling through the continents, witnessing some of the major events of our recent history: international conflicts, starvation, and exodus. After documenting so much human trauma and exploitation, he is now dedicating his talents to revealing pristine territories, wild fauna, and flora as part of a huge photographic project that pays tribute to the planet’s beauty. Salgado’s life and work are revealed by his son Juliano and Wenders, himself a photographer. “Mesmeric and unforgettable. . .Wenders’ mastery of the documentary form is again on display… [Salgado’s] sculptural use of light and space is combined with a deep empathy for the human condition, resulting in richly complex black-and-white images that capture the dignity within every subject.”—Variety. Nominated for Best Documentary Feature at both the 2015 Academy Awards and Independent Spirit Awards. (110 min.)

THE SALT OF THE EARTH screens Thursday, October 1 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum). The film is showing as part of our On Art and Artists series.

Tickets are available online or at the door.