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Closing Night: Anselm

Directed by Wim Wenders

Germany | Documentary | 93

5 Nov
Sun, Nov 5, 2023 at 7:30 pm PT

Guests Expected

Filmmaker guests expected to attend.


Anselm Kiefer is one of our most important contemporary artists, and Wenders’s stunningly beautiful portrait of the man and his work must be seen on the big screen—in glorious 3-D—to be fully appreciated. Called “A master of subtle irritation” by an early critic, Kiefer’s talents were nevertheless recognized at an early age, and Wenders manages to portray the life and work in crisp and informative fashion. Keeping things in the family, the director uses his own grand-nephew to play Kiefer as a boy and the artist’s son to play him as a young man, while in the present, Kiefer himself cycles around his enormous atelier, naming off artworks as he passes by. And what an astonishing breadth of artistry they represent, captured here in nearly tactile fashion. As he did with the masterful Pina (2011), also in 3-D, Wenders has found the perfect form to suit his subject, and the viewer is left gaping in admiration.

Director Wim Wenders

Oscar-nominated writer, director, and producer Wim Wenders was born in Düsseldorf. Among his many films are The American Friend (1977), The State of Things (1982), Wings of Desire (Festival 1988), Until the End of the World (1991), and The Buena Vista Social Club (Closing Night, Festival 1999). Perfect Days and Anselm are his latest films. He was given the Silver Medallion Award at this year’s Telluride Film Festival.


Film Details

Language German, French, English

Year 2023

Premiere California

Runtime 93

Country Germany

Director Wim Wenders

Executive Producer Jeremy Thomas

Producer Karsten Brünig

Editor Maxine Goedicke

Cinematographer Franz Lustig

Music Leonard Küßner

Closed Captions Closed captions are not available for this screening.

Audio Description Audio descriptions are not available for this screening.

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation is not currently scheduled for this event. For more information about ASL interpretation at our events, e-mail ADA@SFFilm.org.