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Peter Handke & Cinema

Peter Handke & Cinema


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The director Corinna Belz presents out of competition at Festival del film Locarno 2016 her documentary Peter Handke – Bin im Wald, kann sein, dass ich mich verspäte (Peter Handke – In the Woods, Might Be Late), trying to explore the life and art of one of the most important European writers of our time. This is not the first time the acclaimed Austrian novelist faces the big screen: here’s a brief history of Peter Handke and his connection with cinema.


  • In 1972 the German director Wim Wenders realizes his second feature film, Die Angst des Tormanns beim Elfmeter, based on a Handke’s novel. The author works as dialogue co-writer.


  • Three years later Wenders asks Handke to adapt Johann Wolfgang Goethe’s novel Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship. Starring Rüdiger Vogler, Hanna Schygulla and Nastassja Kinski, Falsche Bewegung (Wrong Move) wins six German Film Awards, including best screenplay.


  • In 1978 Peter Handke directs his first feature film, Die linkshändige Frau. The movie is selected for the Official Competition at Cannes Film Festival.

  • The partnership between Wenders and Handke gives birth to one of the greatest masterpieces  of the ’80, Der Himmel über Berlin (Wings of Desire). The movies wins the Best Director Award at Cannes Film Festival.


  • In 1992 Peter Handke directs L’Absence, starring icons like Jeanne Moreau and Bruno Ganz. The movie is selected for the Official Competition at Venice Film Festival. 


Adriano Ercolani
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