It's official. Wim Wenders' latest project «Everything will be fine», which he had been scouting for in Ontario last year, will be filmed in Canada in English and in 3D (as he had announced at our Goethe Directors Talk last September that there is no turning back for him on this technology, see below). On the cast: Wenders' friend Sarah Polley.
«Everything will be fine», written by Norwegian screenwriter Bjørn Olaf Johannessen and backed by 600 000 Euro in financing from German regional film fund Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, is said to be an episodic family drama (set in Norway?), where a 40-year old writer accidentally runs over a young boy and then gets closer to the child's mother and brother. Wenders production company Neue Road Movies announced the plot as follows: "One day, driving aimlessly around the outskirts of town after a trivial domestic quarrel, Tomas accidentally hits and kills a child. The accident marks him for the next twelve years, as we follow the event's implosion in Tomas' everyday life. Will Tomas be able to move on? Will he ever be able to look in the mirror and see a man, not a murderer?" The storyline is reminiscent of Matthias Glasner's drama "Mercy" about guilt and redemption in the dark Scandinavian winter at this year's Berlinale (see below).
The film has been rumored to finish production in time for a Berlinale premiere in February 2013, which is hard to see though given the scope and multi-season shooting.
by Jutta Brendemühl, Goethe-Institut Toronto