Wings of Desire movie still

Each month, Melanie Friesen invites a distinguished guest to Vancity Theatre’s Cinema Salon, in order to present his/her favourite film. After the screening, both audience and speaker have the opportunity to engage over drinks and snacks in the Vancity lounge. This month’s film is Wim Wenders’ Wings of Desire.

Against the elegant melancholy of past and present Berlin, two angels wander unseen by humans. Since the beginning of time, they have observed and listened to Berliners’ thoughts, fears and dreams, sometimes trying to give hope and faith to those in despair.

One angel (Bruno Ganz) falls in love with a trapeze artist at a French circus who swings above the crowds like a spirit soaring to heaven. He wants to live a normal life “to be excited by a meal, the curve of a neck…”. Will he give up the eternal?

Anthony Shelton

This month’s Cinema Salon is hosted by Professor Anthony Shelton, the Director of the Museum of Anthropology at UBC since 2004. Born in Britain, Professor Shelton is a distinguished curator, anthropologist, administrator, and teacher. Additionally, he’s a leader in museology, cultural criticism, and the anthropology of art and aesthetics. He has been published on topics from Chinese puppets in the collections of the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery to Western constructions of tropes of otherness: fetishism, primitivism and exoticism.

Vancity Cinema Salon with Anthony Shelton Presents Wings of Desire
Date: Tuesday, January 8, 7:30 pm
Venue: Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $13.00; may be purchased online

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