In weiter Ferne, so nah! (Faraway, So Close!). 1993. Germany. Directed by Wim Wenders. In German, English; English subtitles. 146 min.
Screenplay by Wim Wenders, Ulrich Zieger, Richard Reitinger. With Nastassja Kinski, Peter Falk, Bruno Ganz, Solveig Dommartin, Willem Dafoe, Rüdiger Vogler. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes, Faraway, So Close! picks up where Wings of Desire left off: with Damiel (Ganz) and Marion (Dommartin) now married, caring for their young child, and running a pizzeria called Da Angelo. In the ensuing years, though, the unthinkable has happened—the Berlin wall has been torn down, Germany has been unified, and the Cold War clash of civilizations appears to be thawing. Not all is blissful in this brave new world: the sole remaining angel, Cassiel (Otto Sander), longs for a human touch, gets mixed up in shady business with an arms merchant, and is torn between his own guardian angel (the gentle and lovely Kinski) and the Mephisto-like “Emit Flesti” (a sinister Dafoe). With unlikely cameos by Mikhail Gorbachev and Lou Reed, a popular title song by U2, and the rubble of Potzdamer Platz seen giving way to mirrored monuments of capitalism, Faraway, So Close! is a strangely haunting (and at times comical) time capsule of the 20th century’s end. New digital restoration.