Paris, Texas

Director: Wim Wenders
Screenwriters: L.M. Kit Carson, Sam Shephard

Institute History


A stranger wanders into a small sunstruck Texas town near the Mexican border. So begins this strange and remarkable story of a man seeking to reunite his scattered family and test their life together again. The stranger Travis, believed dead for the past four years, reunites first with his brother Walt and then Hunter, his son. together they set off across a desolate landscape to find the boy’s mother and Travis’ wife. Their journey through the solitary Texas wilderness becomes one of self-discovery and reawakening to the needs of love and communication. This powerful, intimate and often painful drama is the product of immense creative energy and ability: Wim Wenders, maker of so many deeply evocative films; Sam Shepard, the playwright with a great sensitivity penetrate American culture; cinematographer Robby Muller, whose eye finds so much expression in landscape, faces and gestures; and a cast led by Harry Dean Stanton as the existential wanderer, Dean Stockwell as Walt, Hunter Carson as the young boy and Nastassja Kinski as the missing mother.

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