Berlin-based distributor DCM has won the double package of Wim Wenders’ Cannes, securing the rights in Germany for both Wenders films to be shown in Cannes: the title of the competition Perfect days and the 3D documentary Anselma special screening of the festival.
The 77-year-old German film legend, director of Wings of desire and winner of the Palme d’Or in 1984 Paris, Texas, pulls double duty at this year’s festival. His drama set in Tokyo Perfect days follows a Tokyo toilet cleaner – played by Koji Yakusho – as he goes about his business in some of the city’s most spectacularly designed public facilities. The documentary Anselma 3D profile of German painter and sculptor Anselm Kiefer, is billed as a companion to his arthouse hit pinaa 3D look at the legendary German dance theater pioneer Pina Bausch, from 2011.
“We are delighted to enter into a long-term partnership with Wim Wenders and his team from Road Movies, Wenders Images and the Wim Wenders Foundation,” said DCM Managing Director Marc Schmidheiny. “Besides the documentary film Anselmwhich we will release in theaters this fall, we are currently co-producing a second film (with Wenders): A portrait of the famous architect Peter Zumthor, titled The secret of places. In the midst of all this, Wim surprised us Perfect days: A tender, affectionate story set in Tokyo that has a great impact on the audience.”
DCM will release Anselm on October 12 in Germany and Perfect days on December 21. The distributor acquired Anselm from HanWay Films and Perfect days from the Wim Wenders Foundation. The Match Factory manages the worldwide rights to the film.