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Wim Wenders Sets Sail for Cannes, But Where Is 'Every Thing Will Be Fine'?

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! April 18, 2014 at 12:28PM

Among the many surprises in the yummy Cannes Film Festival lineup is the absence of German auteur Wim Wenders' eagerly awaited 3D redemption drama "Every Thing Will Be Fine." So when will we see it?
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Wim Wenders
Wim Wenders

Among the many surprises in the yummy Cannes Film Festival lineup is the absence of German auteur Wim Wenders' eagerly awaited 3D redemption drama "Every Thing Will Be Fine," once thought to be a Main Competition candidate.

But we will see "The Salt of the Earth," a documentary Wenders codirected by Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, screening in the Un Certain Regard sidebar, which makes room for edgier fare. Plus, the Cannes vet and two-time FIPRESCI prize winner's Palme d'Or-anointed classic "Paris, Texas" (1984) will also screen in the Classics section.

It could be that "Every Thing Will Be Fine" will take the alternative, late-summer route to Venice, especially given that one of his upcoming projects is a 3D tribute to Venetian architecture. Or, even later, it could head to Telluride, where Wenders likes to hang with buddy Werner Herzog, or even his home town festival Berlin next February, where his first foray into 3D documentary, "Pina," premiered in 2011.

A fascinating Hollywood Reporter Q&A reveals that the ambitious "Every Thing Will Be Fine" is still in post-production. The film stars ubiquitous James Franco as a troubled writer who struggles to atone after killing a child in a hit-and-run accident. It costars arthouse muse Charlotte Gainsbourg and Rachel McAdams, whose career, from Malick's "To the Wonder" to Anton Corbijn's "A Most Wanted Man" later this year, seems to be heading in an intriguing new direction.

From the rapturously beautiful "Pina" to "Every Thing Will Be Fine," Wenders has gallantly adopted 3D to tell his distinctive stories and we love him for it. But this means that the meticulous director of such masterpieces as "Wings of Desire" and "Paris, Texas" won't be pulling back the curtain on his new film until he gets it just right.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.