January 19, 2007

Solveig Dommartin, 1961 - 2007.

Solveig Dommartin
For Solveig Dommartin, an angel returned to Earth: In Wim Wenders's poetic film, Himmel über Berlin (Wings of Desire, 1987), the Paris-born actress and former partner of the director played the circus artist Marion, whom the angel Damiel, played by Bruno Ganz, fell in love with....

Her family has just now announced in Paris that Solveig Dommartin died on January 11 of a heart attack. She will be buried on Tuesday in the Vosges mountains.


It's the beauty of the heartfelt truth that enables you to move forward, and live and make of each day a new miracle and make a wonder of life itself. And for me, that's pretty much what Wings of Desire is about.

Solveig Dommartin, in Richard Raskin's 1995 interview for p.o.v., No. 8, an issue devoted to Wings.

See also: A bio at Wenders' official site.

Update, 1/20: A brief remembrance in Der Tagesspiegel.

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Posted by dwhudson at January 19, 2007 9:18 AM


Solveig Dommartin was born in 1961, not 1958 as written here.
Solveig's mother, Sylvette Dommartin, confirms that Solveig was
born on May 16,1961 and was 45 years old when she died on
January 11,2007.

Posted by: Tom Farrell at January 19, 2007 1:17 PM

Thank you, Tom.

Posted by: David Hudson at January 19, 2007 1:43 PM

Sólo quería comentar que, a pesar de haber interpretado tan pocas películas, la tengo por una de las mejores actrices que jamás haya visto.

Tenía un encanto especial, al menos para mis ojos, que la hacían mágica. No exagero.

Bueno, si alguno de sus familiares o conocidos lee este mensaje, les envio un fuerte abrazo y todo mi cariño. Y si Solveig estuviera en una especie de cielo para grandes actrices, un beso para ti.

Posted by: José Luis at January 21, 2007 4:28 PM

L'emouvante trapeziste s'est envolee...

Posted by: Sirene at January 22, 2007 1:41 AM

"Wings of Desire" casts a PROTECTIVE CHARM over the viewer and reaches within us like a HAND LAID UPON OUR SECRET HEART. So much of this ACT OF MAGIC has its origins in the contribution of Solveig Dommartin. To name but three moments: her delicate and anxious changes of expression as she first appears swinging towards the viewer on the trapeze - about to drop into a hanging position - symbolically enacting a FALL TO EARTH, the finely-delivered phrase in the caravan about EYES CLOSED BEHIND CLOSED EYES, and her evocation of modernity for an instant MADE BEAUTIFUL in the line "Die farben! Die Neonlichter im Abendhimmel".
She has brought about a sense of JOY - EVEN TO TEARS, of LASTING BENEFICIAL ACTION.

Posted by: Raphael Taylor at January 26, 2007 1:13 PM

La magie s'est envoleé avec toi, tu seras toujours un ange, bon voyage.

Posted by: Philippe Benoit at January 26, 2007 8:53 PM

On parle beaucoup de L'abbé Pierre, c'est bien.... et les anges qui nous quittent, pas un mot...l'ange, merveilleuse,elle reste avec nous....

Posted by: Patrick at January 27, 2007 5:25 AM

Je l'ai rencontrée à un concert de Nick Cave...

Posted by: François at January 31, 2007 1:53 PM

Good bye...you will be missed and not forgotten..

Posted by: Linda at February 3, 2007 11:45 PM

Your talent and beauty will never be forgotten.

Posted by: Patrick at February 10, 2007 4:22 PM

ah Solveig
She is Of something else
so just of Her
that she could metamorphazise or enter into any realm of pleasing
the art of finding core that is #O--hidden talent
where simplicity gives way to any Complexity on this plane or beyond...

Posted by: Kerry-Fleur at February 11, 2007 7:50 AM

You now have your real wings.

We all will miss you. Thanks for taking us along on part of your journey. We will toast and drink to you at our next screening of Until The End of the World.

Posted by: John, Kim and Bruce at February 12, 2007 12:52 PM