Fox Searchlight has just nabbed the rights to distribute Terrence Malick's "A Hidden Life," a film so perplexing that even at the "high-brow" Cannes Film Festival there were hundreds of walkouts at the initial press screening on Monday afternoon. Don’t believe me? I was there. The film itself is incredibly problematic — you can read my review of it here. Regardless, this shows Fox must be in don’t-give-a-damn mode when it comes to buying, a now-or-never attitude towards nabbing a few Oscars before they are officially Disney property next year. However, Malick's latest film might not do it for them.
I had hoped that Terrence Malick‘s “A Hidden Life” would finally be the movie to bring the auteur back into tip-top shape, after a trio of bad movies (“To the Wonder,” “Knight of Cups,” “Song to Song”), however, alas,that is not the case. The story of Franz Jagerstatter (August Diehl), the Austrian farmer that refused to fight for the Germans during World War II, is fascinating one, but Malick decides to self-indulge yet again; Clocking in at close to three hours, the film is an hour too long. Someone really needs to tell him to hire an actual editor,Read More
I’m headed to Cannes this coming weekend. Yes, there’s the Tarantino, but there also is Terrence Malick’s “A Hidden Life.” That’s the other BIG American premiere.Read More
We are just two weeks away from the unveiling of the Cannes lineup. And so, we are in complete overdrive to bring you the latest news concerning this most prestigious of festivals. Take for example, the latest rumor that James Gray’s “Ad Astra” will most likely NOT make it to Cannes. Shocking? Yes and no. We’ve been assuming that, if ready, Gray’s sci-fi film, starring Brad Pitt, would make it to the croisette but it looks like it just isn’t able to make the cutoff date, at least according to Cédric Succivalli’s Twitter page. Again, I must mention, Cédric should be trusted, he’s very much in the know with these sort of things. The problem with the the Gray seems to be its special effects, which are still in post-production.Read More
The Independent had ran with a story last fall that we could expect Terrence Malick's “Radegund” to premiere either at Toronto or Venice. That didn't happen. Neither did Berlin, which announced its program a few weeks ago, so what's the deal? Is Cannes going to be the place we see Malick's latest opus? “Radegund” follows the real-life story of Austrian Franz Jägerstätter, who, famously, was a conscientious objector and refused to fight for the Nazis during World War II.Read More
In the category of what-the-hell-was-he-thinking type of ideas, this might take the cake.
Criterion technical director Lee Kline was interviewed by IndieWire about their upcoming release of Terrence Malick's astonishing 2011 achievement “The Tree of Life.” This new extended cut, a 188-minute version, 49 minutes longer than the original, is set to premiere at the Venice Film Festival next week, but Kline says it's a whole other new movie.Read More