Film Screening
The State of Things

The State of Things - Film Still
© Wim Wenders Stiftung

New Plymouth, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery

Director: Wim Wenders, b/w, 120 mins, 1982
The starting point is a sealed-off situation: Friedrich, a German director, is making a film in Portugal with American funds, a remake of Allen Dwan’s The Most Dangerous Man Alive. The filming takes place in a deserted, storm-battered seaside hotel. The staff is nowhere to be seen and the local inhabitants hardly take any notice of the production. Then Joe Corby, the cameraman, tells the director that they have no negatives left and are unable to continue filming; the producer has just left for Los Angeles.
There is something mysterious about the characters that Wenders presents here. They develop a disturbing life of their own, and only sometimes divulge their secrets.


New Plymouth, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery

Len Lye Centre
42 Queen St
New Plymouth