Buddhist Movie Night at PIMC: "Wings Of Desire" (Sat., 2/23/19, 6:30pm)

Please join us for another edition of Buddhist Movie Night at Portland Insight Meditation Community (PIMC). We'll be watching "Wings Of Desire" on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019.  The screening will begin at 6:30pm.

This is a chance to come together as a community, enjoy Buddhist/mindfulness-themed cinema, and discuss how the material relates to our understanding of the Buddha and the Dharma.


"Wings of Desire (German: Der Himmel über Berlin, lit. 'The Heaven Over Berlin') is a 1987 romantic fantasy film directed by Wim Wenders. The film is about invisible, immortal angels who populate Berlin and listen to the thoughts of its human inhabitants, comforting those who are in distress. Even though the city is densely populated, many of the people are isolated or estranged from their loved ones. One of the angels, played by Bruno Ganz, falls in love with a beautiful, lonely trapeze artist, played by Solveig Dommartin. The angel chooses to become mortal so that he can experience human sensory pleasures, ranging from enjoying food to touching a loved one, and so that he can discover human love with the trapeze artist.

NOTE: The film is rated PG-13. Common Sense Media states the film is appropriate for children 13 years and older. For more specifics on the appropriatness of the movie for children, please see the IMDB Parents Guide for the the movie  (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093191/parentalguide)

Inspired by art depicting angels visible around West Berlin, at the time enclaved by the Berlin Wall, Wenders and author Peter Handke conceived of the story and continued to develop the screenplay throughout the French and German co-production. The film was shot by Henri Alekan in both colour and a sepia-toned black-and-white, the latter being used to represent the world as seen by the angels. The cast includes Otto Sander, Curt Bois and Peter Falk.

For Wings of Desire, Wenders won awards for Best Director at both the Cannes Film Festival and European Film Awards. The film was a critical and financial success, and academics have interpreted it as a statement of the importance of cinema, libraries, the circus, or German unity, containing New Age, religious, secular or other themes.

It was followed by a sequel, Faraway, So Close!, released in 1993. City of Angels, a U.S. remake, was released in 1998. In 1990, numerous critics named Wings of Desire as one of the best films of the 1980s.

(From Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wings_of_Desire)


Mikki and Chanel will be hosting the movie night and leading the discussion afterward. It will be a very mellow, low key affair. Please come, bring a snack to share if you like, and enjoy.

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DATE/TIME: Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019  /  6:30-9:00PM

LOCATION: PIMC, 6536 SE Duke St., Portland

SUGGESTED DONATION: $5/person (no one turned away for insufficient funds).

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Also be sure to join us for our other monthly Buddhist movie nights. Here's the schedule for 2019 (scheduled for the 3rd Saturday of the month):

Mar. 23:  Groundhog Day (1993 directed by: Harold Ramis)
Apr. 20:  Doing Time, Doing Vipassana (documentary - 1997 directed by: Ayelet Menahemi & Eilona Ariel)
May 18:  Andrei Rublev (1966 directed by: Andrei Tarkovsky)
June 15: The Matrix (1999 directed by: Lilly & Lana Waschowski)
July 20:   Brother Sun, Sister Moon (1972 directed by: Franco Zefarelli)
Aug. 17:  Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter . . . and Spring (2003 directed by: Kim Ki-Duk)
Sept. 21:  American Beauty (1999 directed by: Sam Mendes)
Oct. 19:    Kung Fu Panda (2008 directed by: Mark Osborne & John Stevenson)
Nov. 16:   A Man Escaped (1956 directed by Robert Bresson)
Dec. 21:   Late Spring (1949 directed by: Yasujiro Ozu)