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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.
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
Runtime 175 min
Format 35 mm, b&w
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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