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EVERY THING WILL BE FINE

A winter evening. A car on a country road. It’s snowing, visibility is poor. Out of nowhere, a sled comes sliding down a hill. The car comes to a grinding halt. Silence.

The driver is Tomas, a writer. He cannot be blamed for the tragic accident. It's also not young Christopher's fault, who should have taken better care of his brother, nor their mother's, Kate, who could have called the children home earlier.

Tomas falls into a depression. The relationship with his girlfriend Sara breaks under the pressure. All Tomas can do is continue writing. But does he have the right to base his work on experiences that include the grief of others?

The film follows Tomas and his efforts to give meaning to his life again, as he establishes a family of his own with Ann and her daughter Mina. It also follows Kate and Christopher until, at the age of 17, the young man decides to confront the stranger he only met once, on that fateful evening.

In a careful and precise way EVERY THING WILL BE FINE talks about guilt and the search for forgiveness. It shows that it is not time alone that heals wounds, but the courage to face up to things and to forgive. Especially oneself.

From an original script by Norwegian author Bjørn-Olaf Johannessen, Wim Wenders shoots again in 3D, and explores, after the success of his dance film PINA, the potential of three-dimensional expression in an intimate family drama.


Wim Wenders was born in Düsseldorf in 1945. After discovering his love for cinema in Paris, he attended film school in Munich from 1967-1970. Also active as a photographer and writer, he has made more than 50 films since 1971 all over the world. A selection of his acclaimed films includes: THE GOALKEEPER'S FEAR OF THE PENALTY (1971), ALICE IN THE CITIES (1973), IN THE COURSE OF TIME (1976), THE AMERICAN FRIEND (1977), HAMMETT (1982), THE STATE OF THINGS (1982), PARIS, TEXAS (1984), WINGS OF DESIRE (1987), UNTIL THE END OF THE WORLD (1991), FARAWAY, SO CLOSE! (1993), LISBON STORY (1994), THE END OF VIOLENCE (1997), BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB (1998), THE MILLION DOLLAR HOTEL (2000), THE SOUL OF A MAN (2003), LAND OF PLENTY (2004), DON'T COME KNOCKING (2005), PALERMO SHOOTING (2008), PINA (2011), CATHEDRALS OF CULTURE (2013), THE SALT OF THE EARTH (2014), and EVERY THING WILL BE FINE (2015).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2015
Director Wim Wenders
Screenplay Bjorn Olaf Johannessen
Cinematography Benoît Debie
Cast James Franco, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Rachel McAdams, Marie-Josée Croze, Robert Naylor, Patrick Bauchau, Peter Stormare
Producer Gian-Piero Ringel
Co-Producers Ronald J. Gilbert, Stephan Mallmann, Mathieu Robinet, Christer Nilson, Maria Ekerhovd, Oskar Söderlund
Production Company Neue Road Movies/Berlin, in co-production with Montauk Productions Canada, BAC Films, GötaFilm/Gothenburg, MER Film
Length 118 min
Format 3D DCP, color, 1:2.39
Original Version
 English
Festivals Berlinale 2015 (Out of Competition), Istanbul 2015, Palic 2015, Rio de Janeiro 2015, Montreal Nouveau Cinema 2015, AFI Fest Los Angeles 2015, Cairo 2015, Camerimage 2015, Kerala 2015, Sofia 2016, Beijing 2016, Sofia 2018
Awards German Film Award 2016 (Best Score)
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, German Federal Film Board, German Federal Film Fund, BKM, Eurimages, ZDF/ARTE, CAVCO, SODEC, CNC, Film iVäst, Fuzz, Swedish Film Institute, Norwegian Film Institute
German Distributor Warner Bros. Pictures

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