The End of Violence: About The Filmmakers

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WIM WENDERS (Director) established himself as one of the leading talents to emerge from the young, talented German filmmakers of the 1970s and went on to become a highly-regarded and influential talent in the cinema of the 1980s and 1990s. His haunting drama Paris, Texas, starring Harry Dean Stanton and Nastassja Kinski, won the 1984 Palm d'Or at Cannes. He subsequently won the Cannes Best Director Prize in 1987 for his stark, wistful Wings of Desire, starring Bruno Ganz as an angel who travels though Berlin and decides to rejoin the human race. He followed that film with Until the End of the World, a futuristic, cross-continental romance, starring William Hurt. In 1993, he directed the feature Faraway, So Close, a follow up to Wings of Desire, which won the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes.

Wenders' first American feature was Hammett, a tumultuous project produced under Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope Studios. He documented the troubled film in his own feature, The State of Things. Other films which he directed and wrote include Summer in the City (Dedicated to the Kinks), which he also produced and in which he appeared; The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick; The Scarlet Letter; Alice in the Cities; Kings of the Road, which he also produced; The American Friend; Lightening Over Water; and Chambre 666, in which he acted. In addition, he directed The Wrong Move, produced The Left-Handed Woman and associate produced Radio On.

Wenders recently collaborated with singer-songwriter Bono and screenwriter Nicholas Klein on two screenplays, The Million Dollar Hotel and The Billion Dollar Hotel.

NICHOLAS KLEIN (Screenwriter) began his career as a playwright while attending New York University Film School. He soon segued into writing screenplays, first for producer Elliot Kastner at London's Pinewood Studios, for whom he wrote two espionage stories, Someone Else and Blockbuster, based on the best-selling novel.

Other screenwriting credits include a genetic engineering thriller called Elixir; Delta of Venus, based on the life and work of Anais Nin and directed by Zalman King; the action-adventure Ice Rider; and the romantic comedy One Last Thing.

Klein has also written for such television series as "MacGyver" and "Friday Night Mystery Series." Over the last five years, Klein has collaborated with singer-songwriter Bono, with whom he developed the story for the script The Million Dollar Hotel. Klein subsequently divided the project into two movies, the other entitled The Billion Dollar Hotel, in collaboration with Wim Wenders.

In addition to writing movies, Klein has penned songs with various partners, including "The Business of Love," for the Jim Carrey comedy hit The Mask. He has also assembled touring stage shows, such as "A Chorus Line" and a revival of "West Side Story."

DEEPAK NAYAR (Producer) produced David Lynch's latest feature Lost Highway. He had also collaborated with Lynch as a producer on the HBO anthology "Hotel Room" and the ABC series "On the Air."

Nayar has also produced several features for the acclaimed Merchant-Ivory filmmaking team, including The Perfect Murder, Heat & Dust and The Deceivers. His other credits include the mesmerizing Fox special "White Dwarf," for Francis Ford Coppola's American Zoetrope; the CBS series "Second Chances" and "Hotel Malibu."

Nayar began his career in his native India, where he produced such features as Turn Laut Aao and Gharonda, both for Climb Films.

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