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.