The State of Things

THE STATE OF THINGS is a highly personal film about filmmaking in Europe and America. It is about a film crew stranded at the westernmost tip of Europe. Director Friedrich Munroe (Patrick Bauchau), cameraman (Sam Fuller), scriptwriter, and actors have been abandoned by their producer. After shooting their last feet of film (they are working on the remake of a low-budget sci-fi thriller), there is nothing left to do but wait.

Friedrich finally sets out for Los Angeles to search for the missing producer (Allen Goorwitz). He finally finds him on Sunset Boulevard, in his RV, where he is hiding out from the mafiosi or loan sharks who are after him. The two have to pay with their lives for their black-and-white film adventure the following morning. Friedrich continues to “put up a fight” by “shooting back” with his Super 8 camera until the moment of his death.

Wenders’s parable on filmmaking has also been interpreted as his way of addressing the difficulties that he faced during the production of HAMMETT, his first film in the US.


West Germany 1981/82
Length: 121 min, 3304 m
Format: 35mm black and white and coulor; 1:1,66
Original Language: English, French

4K Restoration 2015, 4K DCP

Festivals & Awards

1982 • Venice International Filmfestival: Golden Lion (Best Film)
1983 • German Film Award in Gold (Best full-length Feature Film; Best Camerawork)




Cast and crew

Production: Road Movies GmbH (Berlin), Wim Wenders Produktion (Berlin), Pro-ject Filmproduktion im Verlag der Autoren GmbH & Co. KG (Munich), Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF) (Mainz) Director: Wim Wenders Producer: Chris Sievernich, Wim Wenders Co-Producer: Paulo Branco Screenplay: Wim Wenders, Robert Kramer Director of Photography: Henri Alekan, Fred Murphy Editor: Barbara von Weitershausen, Peter Przygodda Sound: Maryte Kavaliauskas Cast: Patrick Bauchau, Viva Auder, Isabelle Weingarten, Samuel Fuller, Rebecca Pauly, Jeffrey Kime, Camilla Mora, Geoffrey Carey, Alexandra Auder, Roger Corman, Paul Getty III, Allen Goorwitz, Artur Semedo, Francisco Baiao, Robert Kramer, Martine Getty, Monty Bane, Janet Rasak, Judy Mooradian

Assistant Director: Carlos Santana (Portugal), Greg Gears (USA) Production Assistant: José Vaz Da Silva, Mário Castanheira, Antonio Luis Campos, Jorge Alves, Joaõ Canijo (Portugal); Holger Piasta, Jon Neuburger, Rita Xanthoudakis (USA) Script: Pedro Ruivo (Portugal), Janet Rasak (USA) Assistant Camera: Agnès Godard, Francisco Silva, Carlos Mena (Portugal); Steve Dubin, Lisa Rinzler (USA) Still Photographer: Gabriel Lopes (Portugal), Joyce Rudolph (USA) Light: Manuel Carlos Silva (Portugal), Jack English (USA) Gaffer: Paul Soares, Domingus Guicho (Portugal); Tom Termeer, Scott Buttfield (USA) Set Design: Joaquim Amaral, Raul Soares, Pedro Efe, Domingos Guicho (Portugal); Dave Bodin, Naia Haast (USA) Wardrobe/Make-up: Maria Gonzaga, Judy Shrewsbury Assistant Editor: Jon Neuburger, Danny Fisher Music: Jürgen Knieper Songs: Butch Hancock, Joe Ely, David Blue, Allen Goorwitz, X, The Del Byzanteens Line Producer: António Gonçalo (Portugal), Steve McMillin (USA) Production Coordinator: Judy Mooradian (USA) Office: Maria Amaral Sound Assistant: Jean-Paul Mugel (Portugal); Morning Pastorok, Anna Delanzo (USA) Re-recording Mixer: Michael Carton Computer: Vincent Cottrell, Richard Zeitlin Grafic Design: Laurie Spiegel Production Accountant: Karen O´Hara Production Design: Zé Branco Co-Producer: Paulo Branco, Pierre Cottrell In Cooperation with: Pari Film (Paris), Musidora (Madrid), Gray City Inc (New York), V.O.Filmes (Lisbon), Film International (Rotterdam), Artificial Eye (London) Editorial Office: Christoph Holch Production Manager: Antonio Gonçalo (Portugal), Steve McMillan (USA) Production Assistant: Jon Neuburger, Holger Piasta, Rita Xanthoudakis (USA) Production Coordinator: Lilyan Sievernich, Birgit Lelek Primary Distribution: Filmverlag der Autoren GmbH & Co. Vertriebs KG (Munich) Premiere: 04.09.1982, Venice International Filmfestival World Sales: HanWay Films

Blu-ray & DVD


DVD – Restored Version (IT)
Ripley’s Home Video
Language/Sound: English, Italian (Dolby Digital 5.1, Italian mono)
Subtitles: Italian
Image Format: 1,37:1


Language/Sound: German (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Subtitles: German
Image Format: 1,77:1


BAC Films
Language/Sound: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 & Dolby Digital 5.1)
Subtitles: French
Image Format: 1,77:1


Axiom Films
Language/Sound: English, French, Portuguese (Stereo 2.0 &  Dolby Digital 5.1)
Subtitles: English
Image Format: 1,78:1

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