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Everything is Wonderful

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Everything Is Wonderful
Directed byPia Mechler
Stephanie Angel (Co-Director)
Produced by
  • Kim Dang
  • Pia Mechler
  • Stephanie Angel
  • Keith Marlin
  • Emiko Alexejew (Co-Producer
Written byPia Mechler
  • Tonia Sotiropoulou
  • Pia Mechler
  • Alexis Georgoulis
  • Hannah Herzsprung
  • James Cocker
Music byPacific Soundtracks
CinematographyHollis Meminger
Elizabeth Cassinelli
Edited byPia Mechler
Release date
  • October 20, 2017 (2017-10-20) (Chelsea Film Festival)
Running time
79 minutes
CountryUnited States

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Everything is Wonderful is a US independent comedy film starring Bond girl Tonia Sotiropoulou and Pia Mechler. Pia Mechler also wrote and directed Everything is Wonderful.

The movie was based on an outline script and perceived through improvisation in rehearsals. It tells the story of a new friendship between two European immigrants, Maria and Lena, spanning one intense week in New York. Even though everything could be wonderful, they struggle to find happiness as they test the limits of their freedom and friendship.

The movie premiered at the Chelsea Film Festival and Thessaloniki Film Festival in 2017.[1][2]


The generational portrait and comedy Everything is Wonderful is the story of a new friendship between two European immigrants, Maria and Lena, spanning one intense week of New York summer.

They try to break out of their passiveness and explore what it means to find true happiness by testing the limits of their freedom and friendship. Some find them annoying and some are just like them.

Living a life without financial burdens, German-born Lena becomes increasingly bored with her seemingly carefree life in her beautiful Brooklyn apartment. Maria, a former Greek soap opera star, now waiting tables, mourns her unfulfilled dreams of being an actress in New York while feeling the pressure of settling down in a traditional married life, despite her preference for short-lived affairs. Everything could be wonderful, but somehow it isn't.

After Lena discovers her husband cheating, her and Maria start a week of crazy partying. Whenever they are together, they seem happy. Whenever they are apart, their lack of symbiosis fails them. They drink and party, make out with random men, sleep in the same bed and mimic each other's behavior. That seems to help until Maria finally, under the influence of Lena, quits her job and they both flee the city to the Hamptons. The beautiful nature surrounding them contrasts their crass behavior and forlornness. Just when they finally start dealing with their issues, their friendship takes an unsuspected turn.


  • Tonia Sotiropoulou as Maria
  • Pia Mechler as Lena
  • Alexis Georgoulis as Paulo
  • Hannah Herzsprung as Julia
  • James Cocker as James


  1. "Everything is Wonderful with Tonia Sotiropoulou premieres at Chelsea Film Festival". Greek Reporter.
  2. "Everything is Wonderful at the Thessaloniki Film Festival". Thessaloniki Film Festival.

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