Special Presentation: Wings of Desire (Der Himmel über Berlin)

A special screening and event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Elysée Treaty, or Treaty of Friendship, which ushered in a new era of cultural and diplomatic relations between France and Germany. Co-presented with Goethe-Institut Chicago

A beautiful symphony celebrating the city of Berlin, Wings of Desire has become a timeless classic. The angel Damiel (Bruno Ganz) perched on top of buildings high over the city can hear the thoughts, fears, hopes and dreams of everyone living below. But as one soul speaks to him louder than the others, he falls in love with a beautiful trapeze artist and realizes he is willing to give up his immortality and return to earth to be with her. Filmed not long before the fall of the Berlin wall, Wings of Desire is an unforgettable tapestry of sounds and images, that, with a German director and French actress, perfectly embodies the spirit of the Elysée Treaty.

Q & A with Sara Hall, Associate Professor of Germanic Studies at UIC and Lorraine Groleau Darrow, Director and screenwriting faculty at DePaul University, follows the screening on Sunday, July 28, 6 p.m

Wings of Desire

directed by Wim Wenders starring Bruno Ganz, Solveig Dommartin, Otto Sander in French, German with English subtitles

An angel tires of overseeing human activity and wishes to become human when he falls in love with a mortal.

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