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Bjørn Olaf Johannessen

    Bjørn Olaf Johannessen (b. 1965) wrote the original screenplay to 3D drama Every Thing Will Be Fine (2015), directed by Oscar nominated director Wim Wenders and starring James Franco, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Rachel McAdams, which premiered at the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival in the 'Competition' programme.

    Johannessen made his debut with the stage play Silkematt, produced by the Norwegian National Theatre in 2000. Since then his main focus has been towards feature film and television, including Norwegian as well as international titles such as Bastard (2006), directed by Marius Holst; Nowhere Man (2008), directed by Patrice Toye, which was awarded the Sundance NHK International Filmmakers Award in 2006; and the critically acclaimed comedy drama series Trial of Life (2014), co-written with Per Schreiner and Erlend Loe for Norwegian television (NRK). The series was nominated for the 2014 Prix Europa and awarded with the 2015 Golden Screen for 'Best Script for Drama'.

    Johannessen is by education a Marine Engineer and has worked many years as a research scientist and developer of environmental technology.

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    IFC Films has acquired the 3D car crash drama Every Thing Will Be Fine, written by Bjørn Olaf Johannessen and directed by Wim Wenders. The film will have its North American premiere in Toronto and stars James Franco, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Rachel McAdams and Marie-Josée Croze.

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