THU JAN 11, 2024 7:30 PM


$15.00 (members-only)

Aero Theatre | Q&A with filmmaker Wim Wenders and actor Koji Yakusho. Moderated by actor Willem Dafoe.

Japan’s Official Oscar Submission for Best International Feature Film 

‘Wim Wenders: An American Cinematheque Retrospective’

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PERFECT DAYS, 2023, Dir. Wim Wenders, 123 Min, Neon, Japan / Germany 

In Japanese with English subtitles. 

Wim Wenders‘ new feature tells the story of Hirayama, who seems utterly content with his simple life as a cleaner of toilets in Tokyo. Outside of his very structured everyday routine he enjoys his passion for music and for books. And he loves trees and takes photos of them. A series of unexpected encounters gradually reveal more of his past. A deeply moving and poetic reflection on finding beauty in the everyday world around us.


TOKYO-GA, 1985, Dir. Wim Wenders, 92 Min, Janus Films, USA / Germany 

In French, English, Japanese, and German with English subtitles. 

“If there were still sanctuaries in our century . . . if there was something like a holy treasure of cinema, for me, that would be the work of Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu. He made fifty-four films… Although these films are distinctly Japanese, they are also global. In them I recognized all families, in all the countries in the world, as well as my own parents, my brother, and myself… Ozu’s work doesn’t need my appraisal. And such a ‘holy treasure of cinema’ is just imaginary. So my journey to Tokyo was no pilgrimage. I was curious to see if I could discover something from this time, whether something was left of his work, images, perhaps, or people, even . . . Or if in the twenty years since Ozu’s death so much had changed in Tokyo that there was nothing left to be found.” —Wim Wenders