Wim Wenders is one of Germany's most significant film directors.
Together with Werner Herzog and Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Wim Wenders is a leading member of the New German Cinema movement of the 1970s. Born in Düsseldorf in 1945, he studied at the Munich Film Academy. His best known works include "Wings of Desire" (1987) and "Paris, Texas" (1984) as well as documentaries such as "Buena Vista Social Club" (1999). Alongside filmmaking, he is also a playwright, author and photographer.
As the German director celebrates 30 years of his epic tale of walled Berlin with a newly restored version, he recalls how GDR officials shelved an East Berlin shoot since the protagonists could 'walk through walls.'
The Hof International Film Festival is held in a tiny Bavarian village, but draws names as big as Werner Herzog. Germany's most creative film festival, it has lost co-founder Heinz Badewitz, film's friendliest host.