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In the Course of Time (Im Lauf der Zeit)

In the Course of Time
Scene from "In the Course of Time" (photo © Road Movies/Wim Wenders Production/WDR)

In the Course of Time focuses on the relationship that develops between two men - movie projector repairman Bruno and suicidal Robert - as they travel in a truck on the dusty roads along the border between East and West Germany. Lonely and introspective, they both long for the company of women. By the end of their journey, they derive comfort from the fact that "in the course of time" (the literal translation of the film's German title), their lives have taken on some shape and significance.

In the Course of Time is a quiet, almost lyrical film that disdains psychological motivation, suspense and dramatic tension.

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 1976
Director Wim Wenders
Screenplay Wim Wenders
Cinematography Martin Schaefer, Robby Müller
Peter Przygodda
Axel Linstaedt, Improved Sound Limited
Bernd Hirskorn, Heidi Luedi
Cast Peter Kaiser, Franziska Stoemmer, Dieter Traier, Marquard Bohm, Rudolf Schuendler, Lisa Kreuzer, Hanns Zischler, Rüdiger Vogler, Patrick Kreuzer
Producer Wim Wenders
Production Company Wim Wenders Production/Munich & Berlin, in cooperation with WDR
Length 175 min
Format 35 mm, b&w
Original Version
Subtitled Versions Chinese, English, French
Sound Technology Mono
Festivals Cannes 1976, Chicago 1976, Zurich 2018
Awards FIPRESCI Award Cannes 1976, Golden Hugo for Best Film Chicago 1976
German Distributor Basis-Film Verleih/Berlin

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