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Faraway, So Close!

Movie poster
Directed by Wim Wenders
Produced by Ulrich Felsberg
Michael Schwarz
Wim Wenders
Written by Richard Reitinger
Wim Wenders
Ulrich Zieger
Starring Otto Sander
Bruno Ganz
Heinz Rühmann
Peter Falk
Nastassja Kinski
Willem Dafoe
Solveig Dommartin
Rüdiger Vogler
Music by Laurent Petitgand
Nick Cave
Laurie Anderson
Lou Reed
Cinematography Jürgen Jürges
Editing by Peter Przygodda
Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics
Release date(s) France May 18, 1993 (Cannes Film Festival)
France September 1, 1993 (wide)
Germany September 9, 1993
United States December 21, 1993
United Kingdom July 1, 1994
Running time 144 min. (German)
140 min. (U.S.)
Country Germany
Language German
Preceded by Wings of Desire

Faraway, So Close! (German: In weiter Ferne, so nah!) is a 1993 film by German director Wim Wenders. The screenplay is by Wenders, Richard Reitinger and Ulrich Zieger. The film is a sequel to Wenders' 1987 film Wings of Desire. Actors Otto Sander and Bruno Ganz reprise their roles as angels visiting earth, and the film also stars Nastassja Kinski, Willem Dafoe and Heinz Rühmann (in his last film role).



Cassiel and Raphaella, two angels, observe the busy life of reunited Berlin. Due to their divine origin they can hear the thoughts of the people around them and even try console a dying man. He also observes a forger who secretly asks for forgiveness for his forgeries.

Cassiel has been following his friend Damiel (a former angel himself) around, who senses his presence when he is with him and relates about his experiences of being human. Damiel now owns a pizza parlor under the name Casa dell'angelo (Angel's House), he has been married to Marion, a trapeze artist, who also works in a local bar in West Berlin and have a little daughter (Marion).

Cassiel also follows little Raisa Becker around, an 11 year old girl who lives in East Berlin, he observes her life and the fact that she and her mother (Hanna Becker) are being followed around by Winter, a detective who works for Anton Becker, an American mafioso who seemingly owns a transport company. Others followed by Cassiel include Lou Reed and Mikhail Gorbachev.

Cassiel follows Hanna Becker (and Winter) to an abandoned building in the outskirts of East Berlin, she brings food to Konrad, a man that has been serving as a father to Hanna even though he was nothing more than her chauffeur during World War II. Cassiel travels back in time and sees that during heavy bombardment of Berlin at the end of the war, the Becker family were well off during the Nazi Régime but when the war was ostensibly lost, Dr. Becker fled to America with their boy, but the mother, Gertrud Becker, decided to stay behind with little Hanna under the care of Konrad. Cassiel notices that Winter takes photographs of the old World War II cars that Konrad still keeps in mint condition.

Winter brings the photos he made to Mr. Anton Becker, but it is only to resign his assignment as his private investigator, because he has also investigated his employer and concludes that there is something fishy about him. He leaves the hotel and stumbles upon Peter Falk who is traveling around East Berlin to take in the city, since the last time he was in Berlin, it was divided and could not travel to the eastern side.

Raphaella and Cassiel, sitting on top of the Brandenburg Gate, long to be able to be more engaged in the human world, he expresses a desire to experience the life of a human. When visiting Raisa, she is alone in the apartment perched over her balcony overlooking Alexanderplatz, she loses her balance and falls over, Cassiel tries to save her and suddenly becomes human catching her in his arms. He is amazed that he is now human and is unaware of many things natural to people such as the volume of his voice or how to walk around the streets and avoid cars. The only possession he has is an angel's armor that also became physical when he made the jump into humanity. After leaving Raisa safe he walks into the underground and gets tricked into gambling by a shady character later known as "Emit Flesti", he loses the money and the armor. Raphaella begs Emit Flesti to give Cassiel time to understand what it is to be a human, he agrees but does not promise to stop hunting him around.

Cassiel, after being arrested in the underground and during his detention, is also faced with something he ignored about humanity: identity, since he cannot give (or understand the concept of) his name or address but refers the police to the Casa dell'Angelo.

Damiel is surprised to see his friend now a human and brings him home. Cassiel is confused about being human; he meets many kind people but also rude people and does not understand why everyone is so alone and cannot understand each other (as an angel he could hear their thoughts but not now). Tricked into drinking alcohol by Emit Flesti, he becomes addicted and even robs a shop for more alcohol with a gun that he had taken away from a teenager who was planning to kill his stepfather for beating him (or probably due to sexual abuse). He also attends a concert by Lou Reed.

Cassiel is reduced to begging in the streets but Lou Reed gives him more than money, he gives a pep talk based on one of his songs "Why can't I be good?" to boost his spirit and Cassiel wonders why can't he be good.

He then turns the tables and begins acting. He approaches Anton Becker and feigns a car accident, thus forcing Anton to pay for his passport and official identifications under the name Karl Engel (Charles Angel). His actions impress Anton so much that he hires Cassiel as his personal valet in charge of passing him cards to never lose in poker with his mafia associates. Cassiel drops in at Casa dell'Angelo to return the various items Damiel had lent him and comes across Emit Flesti again, who is collecting money from Damiel, it seems that Flesti lent Damiel the cash to set up the pizza parlor.

Cassiel saves Anton's life from a Turkish mafioso that wants to give Anton cement shoes for cheating at cards. With this Anton makes Cassiel his partner, however the latter has no idea of the real nature of Anton's business. When he discovers that he handles all kinds of pornography, assault weapons and explosives, he flees Anton's storage facility underneath Tempelhof airport and decides to stop him.

Cassiel goes to Konrad's garage and sleeps in one of his cars with Winter sleeping in another car. When Winter is about to leave he is killed by Emit Flesti, Winter dies in Cassiel's arms. Konrad comes and Cassiel tells his life story, since Konrad has figured out that Cassiel was his angel all along his life.

Cassiel arranges all of his friends into a big scheme to destroy Anton's business. In the meantime Anton has been reunited with his sister Hanna. With the help of Peter Falk, he tricks airport security away from the security monitors, Cassiel manages to get in the storage area where they take all Anton's armory and destroy the pornography copying machines. The weapons get sent to a barge on the river, owned by other friends of Cassiel.

After the plan is completed, Cassiel is ready to live his life as a human but he is stopped by Emit Flesti who tells him that the barge has been kidnapped by Anton's enemy with him inside it and the rest of his friends and only he can help.

On the way to a floodgate along the river, Emit Flesti reveals that he is Time Itself and explains that Cassiel does not belong in the human world and that his mission is to make him realize that, because he has a word written on his forehead.

Once in the floodgate Cassiel manages to free little Raisa but gets killed in the process, which turns out to be the word written on his forehead; Emit Flesti slows time to allow the others take over the barge and thus save the entire party.

Cassiel is reunited with Raphaella and they comment on how their vision and mission is now improved and more clear to them and how they can bring us closer to God.

On the barge everyone is sad about Cassiel's death but they are reassured when Damiel hears a ring in his ear (a signal that Cassiel is around) and laughs in joy that he has reached the other side.



It also features cameo appearances by singer Lou Reed, American actor Peter Falk and former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, all of whom play themselves.


The U2 song "Stay (Faraway, So Close!)" was written for the film, and is based on the film's idea of angels wanting to live on earth. The same year as the film's release a different version of the song was released as a single from the band's album Zooropa.

The film won the Grand Prix du Jury and was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival.[1]


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Preceded by
The Stolen Children
Grand Prix du Jury, Cannes
Succeeded by
To Live tied with
Burnt by the Sun


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