One third wings of desire focused on the angels who take care of us, it is not in the cards, german director Wim Wenders said today at the Cannes press conference for his latest title in competition at the festival, perfect days.
“I don’t think I would go back to the angels idea, if anything this is pretty close,” Wenders said of Perfect days.
wings of desirewhich Wim Wenders won for best director in 1987 at Cannes, and its 1993 sequel, Far so near!, which won him the Grand Jury Prize, explores the lives of angels who choose to lose their immortal wings and fall to Earth, dealing with problems on the ground. The first installment took place in a divided Berlin with the Wall, while the sequel took place in the unified German capital.
“My angels have disappeared into heaven forever,” Wenders said, referring to the late franchise actors Peter Falk and Bruno Ganz.
Wenders referred to the main protagonist in perfect days, the bathroom cleaner Hirayama (Koji Yakusho) as “an angel. Not many people see it. For many people, he is invisible like the angels.
In perfect days, Hirayama seems completely satisfied with his simple life as a toilet cleaner in Tokyo. Outside of his very structured daily routine, he enjoys his passion for music and books. And he loves trees and takes photos of them. A series of unexpected encounters slowly reveal more of his past.
Wenders came up with the idea for the film after being invited by the producers to photograph Japanese baths, to make a short film or series of short films; places the director called “beauties”.
“They asked me, ‘Could you come to Tokyo and see these amazing places? You don’t need to ask me twice to go to Tokyo,” Wenders said.
The filmmaker emphasized that he shot the movie “fast and furious. I don’t mean a certain movie. We fire fast and furious again.”
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“This is a very spiritual movie to me,” says Wenders, “we’re in similar territory in some ways.”