One Who Set Forth

One Who Set Forth

Director: Marcel Wehn

Country:  Germany

Year of Production:  2007

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The early films of Wim Wenders are now regarded as landmarks of European film. Alice in the Cities, Wrong Move and Kings of the Road became foundations of the German New Wave and cemented the reputation of their director.

In One Who Set Forth: Wim Wenders' Early Years Marcel Wehn explores the background to these films. Through personal recollection and rare home movie footage, it documents the director's early life, from experiments with his first camera, via his deviation from a career in medicine in favour of art and film, through to international recognition for the Road Trilogy. Central to these were themes that became cornerstones of all his work: national identity, the importance of personal relationships and the allure of the road.

With contributions from the director and the many collaborators who helped define his vision, One Who Set Forth is a compelling account of Wim Wenders' life and work.

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Starring:  Wim Wenders, Donata Wenders, Peter Handke, Robby Müller, Rüdiger Vogler, Bruno Ganz, Lisa Kreuzer


Director: Marcel Wehn

Writer(s):  Marcel When

Producers:  Arek Gielnik

Cinematographer:  Sarah Rotter

Music:  Can Erdogan

Production Details

Country:  Germany

Year of Production:  2007

Language:  German


  • English

Duration:  96 minutes



  • Documentary

DVD Release Date:  27th October 2008



"Clearly made with complete cooperation from its subject and yet surprisingly unhagiographic, docu "One Who Set Forth: Wim Wenders' Early Years" reps a fascinating study of the German helmer during his creative peak"


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