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Wim Wenders Foundation Will Make Director's Entire Oeuvre Available to Dusseldorf Public

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood December 18, 2012 at 1:27PM

Wim Wenders and wife Donata have established the Wim Wenders Foundation in Dusseldorf, Germany. By the end of 2012, the foundation will have acquired the rights to all Wenders films held by third parties, with the help of state funding and private donors.
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Nastassja Kinski in "Paris, Texas"
Nastassja Kinski in "Paris, Texas"

Wim Wenders and wife Donata have established the Wim Wenders Foundation in Dusseldorf, Germany. By the end of 2012, the foundation will have acquired the rights to all Wenders films held by third parties, with the help of state funding and private donors.

Throughout 2013, all films already belonging to Wenders, including his photographic, artistic and written works, will also be transferred to the foundation. The complete oeuvre, once assembled, will be made accessible to the general public in Dusseldorf, and available for study purposes and academic research.

Wenders, a landmark director of the New German Cinema, most recently wowed audiences with his 3-D visual feast "Pina," an experimental documentary on choreographer Pina Bausch, which recreated some of her most evocative choreography in public spaces around Wuppertal, Germany, home to Bausch's Tanztheater Wuppertal dance troupe.

Wenders' best-known works include 1984's "Paris, Texas" and 1987's "Wings of Desire." His next project, "Every Thing Will Be Fine," currently has Canadian director-actress Sarah Polley attached, and is described as a drama about a man coming to terms with his responsibility in a fatal car accident. It is set to be released in 2014.

Check out our TOH! interview with Wenders here.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.