Wim Wenders, director (Germany)
The emblem of international independent cinema Wim Wenders, who is a director who has created a cinematographic style of his own, is convinced that the most beautiful thing about making movies is the feeling that you use a universal language understandable to all. He describes himself as a workaholic who travels widely and constantly searches for and discovers new places, characters and stories who find their precise place on the screen. In 1982 he won a Golden Lion at Venice for The State of the Matters. Two years later he is once again honored for his film Paris, Texas this time with a Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival. The 2007 edition of SIFF presented a Wenders retrospective of about 20 feature films. Colibri Publishers then released Wenders’ book A Sense of Place. An exhibition of photographs taken by Wenders and his wife Donata Wenders also took place.A retrospective with 17 of the director's films was included in the festival's programme.