Guest Selects: Wim Wenders

The NYJFF inaugurates an annual “Guest Selects” series, each year showcasing a director who has shaped the course of film history. We begin the series with a special screening of Paris, Texas on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of its release. Acclaimed filmmaker Wim Wenders also chooses two accompanying films that relate to Jewish culture. Wenders is one of the most important figures to emerge from the “New German Cinema” period in the 1970s. He is director of such films as Wings of Desire and Paris, Texas, and documentaries Buena Vista Social Club and Pina. His atmospheric auteur films often engage with the themes of memory, time, and movement.

Paris, Texas
Wim Wenders | West Germany/France/UK/U.S. | 1984 | 145m
30th Anniversary Screening
Wim Wenders brings his keen eye for landscape to the American Southwest in Paris, Texas. This unique road movie follows the mysterious, uncommunicative drifter Travis (Harry Dean Stanton) as he emerges from the desert and tries to reconnect with his young son, his wife (Nastassja Kinski), and his own memory. Features an award-winning screenplay by Sam Shepard, music by Ry Cooder, and outstanding performances from Stanton and Kinski.

TUE JAN 14: 6:00 PM

Run Boy Run
Pepe Danquart | Germany/France/Poland | 2013 | 100m | German with English subtitles
U.S. Premiere
Based on Uri Orlev’s 2004 novel, the film tells the true story of 9-year-old Jurek, who escapes from the Warsaw ghetto in 1942 and learns to survive in the nearby woods until the end of the war. Newcomer Andy Tkacz plays Jurek together with a cast that includes Katarzyna Bargielowska (The Pianist), Rainer Bock (The White Ribbon), Jeanette Hain (Poll) and Itay Tiran (Lebanon). From Academy-Award-winning director Pepe Danquart.

TUE JAN 14: 9:30 PM

Broken Wings
Nir Bergman | Israel | 2002 | 87m | Hebrew with English subtitles
Writer-director Nir Bergman’s first feature film is a sensitive drama about a family rendered dysfunctional by the sudden death of the husband and father. Eldest daughter Maya (Maya Maron), an aspiring singer, and her mother Dafna (Orli Zilberschatz-Banai) struggle to keep the family together, and soon realize the importance of seemingly minor moments of everyday life. Bergman’s keen eye for capturing these details turns an otherwise sad tale into an uplifting film. From the acclaimed director of Intimate Grammar (2010) and writer of the HBO television series In Treatment.

WED JAN 15: 8:15 PM