Film Director and Photographer Wim Wenders’ who was nominated for an Oscar for the second time in his career this year for his 3-D performance documentary Pina, a film about the modern dance choreographer Pina Bausch is thinking of turning his talents to filming architecture. Speculations about what the renowned director, photographer, playwright, author and producer might do next are running high. In a recent interview with the Documentary Channel, Wenders revealed his ambition to make a 3-D documentary about architecture. “I have actually already started a long-term project in 3D. It will take several years to do a film about architecture, and I have a lot of architect friends. I realised through Pina that architecture is something that could have a real affinity to film.”
Wenders’ love of buildings and landscapes, of how light is trapped in structure, and how people are trapped in a city’s loneliness, is reflected in many of his movies over the past decades. Cities or buildings become the romantic focus of the frame, like narratives that actuate Wenders’ characters similar to
how the music actuates the dancers in Pina. It seems only natural, then, for Wenders to finally aspire making buildings the ultimate protagonists in a film.
PINA is a film for Pina Bausch by Wim Wenders. The feature-length dance film was shot in 3D with the ensemble of the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch and shows the exhilarating and inimitable art of the great German choreographer who died in the summer of 2009, inviting the viewer on a sensual, visually stunning journey of discovery into a new dimension: right onto the stage of the legendary ensemble and together with the dancers beyond the theater, into the city and the surrounding industrial landscape of Wuppertal – the place that was the home and center of Pina Bausch’s creative life for more than 35 years.
“We made this film as an homage,” Wenders said. “We made this film to say goodbye to Pina and to say thank you to Pina. “The nomination for the Oscar was the icing on the cake,” he added. “The fact that the film has found an audience already of seven million people in the world, that is the biggest reward.”