German filmmaker, playwright, author, and photographer. He is a major figure in New German Cinema. Among many honours, he has received three nominations for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature: for Buena Vista Social Club (1999), about Cuban music culture; Pina (2011), about the contemporary dance choreographer Pina Bausch; and The Salt of the Earth (2014), about Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado.
One of Wenders' earliest honours was a win for the BAFTA Award for Best Direction for his narrative drama Paris, Texas (1984), which also won the Palme d'Or at the 1984 Cannes FF. Many of his subsequent films have also been recognized at Cannes, including Wings of Desire (1987), for which Wenders won the Best Director Award at the 1987 Cannes FF. Wenders has been the president of the European Film Academy in Berlin since 1996. Alongside filmmaking, he is an active photographer, emphasising images of desolate landscapes. He is considered to be an auteur director.
Schauplätze (short, 1967), Same Player Shoots Again (short, 1968), Victor I. (short, 1968), Klappenfilm (short, 1968), Silver City Revisited (short, 1969), Police Film (short, 1969), Alabama (short, 1969), 3 amerikanische LP's (short, 1969), Kaspar Hauser (1969), Summer in the City (1971), The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick (1972), The Scarlet Letter (1973), Alice in the Cities (1974), Wrong Move (1975), Kings of the Road (1976), The American Friend (1977), Lightning over Water (1980, doc.), Hammett (1982), Room 666 (doc., 1982), Reverse Angle: Ein Brief aus New York (short, doc., 1982), The State of Things (1982), DocuDrama (doc., 1984), Paris, Texas (1984), Tokyo-Ga (doc., 1985), Wings of Desire (1987), Notebook on Cities and Clothes (doc., 1989), Red Hot + Blue (short, 1990), Until the End of the World (1991), Arisha, der Bär und der steinerne Ring (short, 1992), Talking Heads: Sax and Violins (short, 1992), Faraway, So Close! (1993), U2: Stay (short, 1993), Lisbon Story (1994), Beyond the Clouds (Co-dir.: Michelangelo Antonioni, 1995), Die Gebrüder Skladanowsky (1995), Lumière and Company (segment, 1995), The End of Violence (1997), Willie Nelson at the Teatro (doc., 1998), Buena Vista Social Club (doc., 1999), The Million Dollar Hotel (2000), Un matin partout dans le monde (TV short, 2000), U2: The Ground Beneath Her Feet (short, 2000), Ode to Cologne: A Rock 'N' Roll Film (doc., 2002), Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet (segment, 2002), The Soul of a Man (doc., 2003), the Other Side of the Road (short, 2003), Land of Plenty (2004), Don't Come Knocking (2005), The Invisibles (segment Invisibles Crimes, 2007, doc.), To Each His Own Cinema (segment War in Peace, 2007), Palermo Shooting (2008), 8 (segment Person to Person, 2008), Il volo (short, 2010), If Buildings Could Talk (short, doc., 2010), Pina (doc., 2011), Invisible World (2012), Cathedrals of Culture (doc., 2014), The Salt of the Earth (doc., 2014), Every Thing Will Be Fine (2015), The Beautiful Days of Aranjuez (2016), Submergence (2017), Pope Francis: A Man of His Word (doc., 2018), Two or three things I know about Edward Hopper (short, 2020), A Future Together (short, 2021), Anselm (doc., 2023), Perfect Days (2023)