VENICE Wim Wenders shot “Les Beaux Jours d’Aranjuez”, an adaptation of a play by Austrian writer Peter Handke, in 3D to draw viewers more intimately into a dialogue about how men see women and how women see men, the veteran German director said on Thursday.
In the movie, a man and a woman sit in a garden outside Paris on a summer’s day and share their views about love and freedom, weaving through memories and unspoken desires.
Their relationship to each other remains unclear, while the presence of an apple on the garden table between them hints at Eden’s Adam and Eve.
The film, which premiers at the 73rd Venice film festival later on Thursday, is one of 20 movies competing for the Golden Lion trophy that will be awarded on Sept. 10.
Wenders, who made his feature film debut in 1970, has won numerous festival awards, including Venice’s top prize in 1982.
“The place gave me the desire to shoot it in 3D because I wanted to take you there,” Wenders told a press conference.
“3D is a very tender language and technology, it’s a very kind technology, it corresponds to our two eyes if you use it naturally… I don’t think I could have included you in any other way,” Wenders added.
The movie, which stars Reda Kateb and Handke’s wife Sophie Semin, is the first film Wenders, 71, shot in French and the choice was deliberate.
“Things when they are said in German, they sound heavy … you see the movie with German subtitles and you realize the lightness the French enjoy every time and every day,” he said. “Nothing comes close to it.”
(Reporting by Agnieszka Flak; Editing by Alexandra Hudson)
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