German director Wim Wenders may have a better eye for the landscape and culture of America than any other filmmaker. His camera captures the mood of a solitary motel on the Texas plains as well as the peculiar bird’s-eye view of an airplane landing at Los Angeles, the wide-open spaces of the West as well as the sprawling cities that punctuate them.
Against both rural and urban backdrops does this breathtaking, heartbreaking 1984 classic written by Sam Shepard—which first screened at DFF7—play out. A haunting Harry Dean Stanton stars as Travis, a drifter who left his family behind years ago. Now he’s returning from the literal and figurative wilderness, where he reunites with his brother Walt (Dean Stockwell), the caretaker of his son Hunter. As parent and child reconnect, Travis develops a plan to transport the boy back to the woman he abandoned long ago, Hunter’s mother Jane (Nastassja Kinski). It may or may not be the right move, but the road to redemption is never clearly marked.
In Memoriam: Harry Dean Stanton, Sam Shepard
Producer: Anatole Dauman, Don Guest | Editor: Peter Przygodda | Cinematographer: Robby Müller | Screenwriter: Sam Shepard
Cast: Harry Dean Stanton, Nastassja Kinski, Dean Stockwell, Aurore Clément, Hunter Carson
Additional Countries: France, UK, USA