At the 1982 Cannes Film Festival, Wenders set up a static camera in a hotel room and provided selected film directors a list of questions to answer concerning the future of cinema. Each director is given one 16 mm reel (approximately 11 minutes) to answer the questions. The principle question asked was, "Is cinema a language about to get lost, an art about to die?" Wenders then edited this footage and added an introduction. Directors interviewed include Steven Spielberg, Jean-Luc Godard, and Rainer Werner Fassbinder, who died less than a month after filming.