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The director of the acclaimed Wings of Desire and Buena Vista Social Club introduces dance to a new dimension

The 47th Chicago International Film Festival welcomes back legendary German filmmaker Wim Wenders, winner of the Festival’s 1976 Gold Hugo for Kings of the Road. Wenders will be presenting his latest feature film Pina, shot in state-of-the-art 3D, on Tuesday October 18 at 6:15 p.m. at the AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois St. 

One of the leading lights of New German Cinema, the visionary Wim Wenders’ Paris, Texas (1984, winner of the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival) and Golden Globe® nominated Wings of Desire (1987) are hallmarks in the history of cinema and essential viewing for any self-respecting student and lover of film. Some of his other iconic films include Alice in the Cities (1973), and The American Friend (1977). 

Also a music aficionado, Wenders’ Academy Award®-nominated documentary Buena Vista Social Club (1999) and Primetime Emmy® winning The Soul of a Man (2003, one of seven episodes of the Martin Scorsese-produced PBS series The Blues) are highly acclaimed, vibrant portraits of colorful music scenes and the characters which bring them to life. 

With Pina he transports his groundbreaking storytelling approach to the world of dance, in an absorbing elegy to his late-friend, choreographer Pina Bausch. Presenting four of Bausch’s most famous works, Wenders uses 3D technology to dizzyingly beautiful effect, adding another cinematic masterpiece to his oeuvre. 



All events, except Opening Night, are at the AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois Street. Tickets for the 47th Chicago International Film Festival are on sale now. Opening Night tickets and festival passes may be purchased on the Festival website. All individual tickets must be purchased by phone 312-332-FILM (3456), in person by visiting the Festival box office at AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois St.), or through Ticketmaster. 

Led by Presenting Partner, Columbia College Chicago, the 47th Chicago International Film Festival’s sponsors include: Premiere Partners--American Airlines, Lincoln; Producing Partners--AMC Theaters, DePaul University's School of Cinema and Interactive Media, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; Major Partners--Allstate, Intersites; Supporting Partners--Applitite, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Brugal Rum, Kodak, Second City Computers, WBBM, and the Festival's Headquarters Hotel, JW Marriott Chicago. 


Cinema/Chicago is a not-for-profit cultural and educational organization dedicated to encouraging better understanding between cultures and to making a positive contribution to the art form of the moving image. The Chicago International Film Festival is part of the year-round programs presented by Cinema/Chicago, which also include the International Screenings Program (May-September), the Hugo Television Awards (April), CineYouth Festival (May), Intercom Competition (October) and year-round Education Outreach and Member Screenings Program. 

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