Goodbye, Dragon Inn
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A traveling film projector repairman saves the life of a depressed psychologist who has driven his Volkswagen into a river, and they end up on the road together, traveling from one rural German movie theater to another. Along the way, the two men, each running from his past, bond over their shared loneliness. Kings of the Road, captured in gorgeous compositions by cinematographer Robby Müller and dedicated to Fritz Lang, is a love letter to the cinema, a moving and funny tale of male friendship, and a portrait of a country still haunted by war. Wenders began the film without a script. Instead, there was a route that he had scouted out beforehand: all of the little towns along the Wall that still contained a movie theater.
He is one of the most important figures of the New German Cinema. Wenders received the Palme d’Or in Cannes in 1984 for Paris, Texas, the Golden Lion at the 1982 Venice for The State of Things, and won best director at the 1987 Cannes for Wings of Desire. He has been nominated three times for Oscars for Buena Vista Social Club (2000), Pina (2012) and The Salt of the Earth (2015). Wenders is the president of the European Film Academy and holds four honorary doctorates (including Sorbonne).