Everything Is Wonderful

A film by Pia Mechler, Stephanie Angel


Everything is Wonderful is the story of a new friendship between two European immigrants, Maria (Tonia Sotiropoulou) and Lena (Pia Mechler), spanning one intense week in New York. They struggle to find happiness as they test the limits of their freedom and friendship. 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, Maria and Lena move in together and launch a crazy week of partying. But nothing really changes and soon old patterns of dysfunction and destruction creep back into their lives, keeping them stuck in their passiveness. Things escalate when Maria has an awkward, misogynistic audition and Lena receives a surprise visit from her successful lawyer sister. Maria and Lena decide to flee to the Hamptons. There, the beautiful nature contrasts their crass behavior and forlornness. Just when they finally begin to address their real issues, their friendship takes an unexpected turn.

Festival and awards

Chelsea Film Festival
Thessaloniki International Film Festival


  • Feature Films
  • TV movie

  • Comedy
  • LGBT
  • United States of America
  • 2018
  • 79’ min.
  • Available in Full HD
  • Language: English, Greek
  • Subtitles: English

Directed by

  • Pia Mechler
  • Stephanie Angel


  • Tonia Sotiropoulou
  • Pia Mechler
  • Hannah Herzsprung
  • Alexis Georgoulis
  • Ron Brawer
  • James Coker
  • Tyron Ricketts
  • Phyllis Pastore
  • Betsy Winslow

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