Wim Wenders has long been a national institution in Germany, but now it’s official.
The filmmaker and his wife Donata have established the Wim Wenders Foundation in his native city of Duesseldorf to preserve his works for posterity by acquiring rights to all the films he does not currently control by the end of this year.
The foundation is supported by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, the city of Duesseldorf, the national org Cultural Foundation of the States and private co-founders.
Carolin von Roth, Wenders’ assistant on many productions, will head the foundation.
Wenders’ films include 1977’s “The American Friend,” starring Dennis Hopper and Bruno Ganz; 1984’s “Paris, Texas,” with Harry Dean Stanton and Dean Stockwell; 1987’s “Wings of Desire”; 1999’s “Buena Vista Social Club”; and last year’s “Pina,” a documentary tribute to the late choreographer Pina Bausch.
The foundation will also collect his art, photographic and literary works and make them available to the public.
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North Rhine-Westphalia state premier Hannelore Kraft said the foundation was “a labor of love” for Wenders as well as for the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
“The state of NRW and Wim Wenders are closely linked: From the time when he used to skip school for the Oberhausen Short Film Festival, and legendary early works like ‘Alice in the Cities,’ to international successes like the recent Oscar-nominated dance film ‘Pina.'”