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Until the End of the World

(Bis ans Ende der Welt)
Germany/France/Australia/USA 1991. Dir: Wim Wenders. 295 min. DCP

VANCOUVER PREMIERE! FIVE-HOUR DIRECTOR'S CUT! ► An event! We’re gonna peregrinate like it’s 1999 with Wim Wenders’s sprawling, wildly-ambitious science-fiction epic, billed as “the ultimate road movie.” The film satisfied no one in the shortened (158-minute) original edit — the “Reader’s Digest version” — Wenders was contractually obliged to release in 1991. This rarely-seen five-hour Director’s Cut, regarded by Wenders as definitive, was the standing-O hit of the Museum of Modern Art’s Wenders retrospective in New York earlier this year! In a futuristic 1999, as global panic spreads over the imminent, apocalyptic crash of a nuclear satellite, heedless French hedonist Claire (Solveig Dommartin) meets a mysterious traveller (William Hurt) who is being pursued by bounty hunters and government agents as he travels the world on a secret mission to advance a radical technological breakthrough. Wenders’s globetrotting opus, described as “cyberpunk noir,” explores in prescient fashion our increasing reliance on technology and our dangerous addiction to images. It was shot, by Robbie Müller, across four different continents, with an international cast that includes Sam Neill, Max von Sydow, Jeanne Moreau, and Wenders regular Rüdiger Vogler. The script was co-written by two-time Booker Prize-winner Peter Carey. The outstanding modern-rock score (the soundtrack album was a hit, even if the movie was not) features tracks by the era’s major artists, all of whom were asked to contribute the kind of music they thought they’d be making in 1999!

There will be a 10 minute intermission during the screening.



"One of the holy grails of ’90s art-house cinema."

Time Out | full review