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Terrence Malick might just be the most elusive filmmaker working today. He hasn’t given a proper interview in years, and hasn’t been officially photographed in even longer. Despite all of this, though, he’s become impossibly prolific. There was a 20-year gap between Days of Heaven and The Thin Red Line, but in the past decade he has shot five full features. After completing production on 2012’s To the Wonder, Malick began back-to-back shoots on two upcoming films—one untitled, and one called Knight of Cups. A massive amount of actors shot scenes for both movies, but since Malick’s process involves filming days of footage and then shaping the film in the editing room, there’s no telling which actors will make the final cut. One such actor who worked on Malick's Knight of Cups is Antonio Banderas, and when we recently spoke with Banderas in anticipation »
- Adam Chitwood
From locked-in Cannes bait like the Dardennes brothers to outliers like Disney's new take on Sleeping Beauty, we list the films we predict will be vying for the prizes come May
The Oscars are over; Sundance is but a memory; SXSW has been overrun with musos. The film industry's eyes, forever trained forward, are now squinting against the glare of the south of France and the Cote d'Azur: Cannes is on its way. As ever, the speculation has already begun as to which films the festival will tie up for its official selection: Cannes's bespoke mix of esoteric auteurism, finger-poking controversy and shameless glitz. We know the Grace Kelly biopic Grace of Monaco will be there (it was announced as opening film back in January) and we're fairly sure the extended cut of Nymphomaniac Volume II has a spot reserved for it. But other than that, it's anyone's guess. Here »
- Xan Brooks, Andrew Pulver
Madrid – London-based WestEnd Films will handle world sales rights outside Spain on Fernando Leon de Aranoa’s “A Perfect Day,” starring Benicio del Toro and Tim Robbins, Oscar winners for “Traffic” and “Mystic River,” and Olga Kurylenko (“To the Wonder,” “Quantum of Solace”), Melanie Thierry (“The Zero Theorem”) and Fedja Stukac (“In the Land of Blood and Honey”).
Just announced (Variety, March 12), “A Perfect Day” marks the sixth fiction feature of a distinguished Spanish director who has attracted high-profile thesps, and won critical plaudits and often a large audience and international sales through films – “Barrio,” Javier Bardem-starrer “Mondays in the Sun,” “Princesses” – which feature a careful delineation of singular, robust individuals reacting, often with hangdog humor, to specific, often troubled social contexts.
“A Perfect Day” – on which pubcaster Tve has taken free-to-air Spanish TV rights – is no exception, turning on a group of aid workers in a conflict zone »
- John Hopewell
Joining their other Sundance pick-up (God Help The Girl), the folks at the newly minted Amplify have picked up the rights to A.J. Edwards’ Sundance-Berlin preemed directorial debut. Topping Jordan M. Smith’s 2014 Sundance Film Fest slate, The Better Angels will be set for a theatrical release in fall.
Gist: This is a story of the childhood of one of America’s greatest leaders, Abraham Lincoln. Spanning nearly three years in the stark wilderness of Indiana, it tells of the hardships that shaped him, the tragedy that marked him forever and the two women (Brit Marling and Diane Kruger) who guided him to immortality.
Do We Care?: In his 4 1/2 star review, Jordan suggests that “The Better Angels is nothing if not an incredibly alive, »
- Eric Lavallee
The recent Berlin world premiere from Terence Malick’s longtime collaborator Aj Edwards premiered in Sundance and screened in Berlin.
Amplify will release the impressionistic black and white tale of Abraham Lincoln’s early childhood theatrically in autumn followed by VOD and home video release in early 2015.
“I am humbled by the passion Amplify has shown for The Better Angels since its premiere,” said Edwards, who spoke to Screendaily about the film shortly before its Sundance world premiere. “Our team is so glad this great company will be shepherding our film.”
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Amplify has acquired U.S. rights to the Terrence Malick-produced biopic of young Abraham Lincoln entitled "The Better Angels," starring Jason Clarke, Diane Kruger, Brit Marling, and Wes Bentley. The poetic black-and-white period drama, which marks the debut of editor-turned-filmmaker A.J. Edwards, played at the Sundance and Berlin film festivals. Amplify plans a fall release in theaters, followed by a VOD and home video release in early 2015. "The Better Angels" follows Lincoln during his formative years (remember the 1939 John Ford classic "Young Mr. Lincoln," starring Henry Fonda?). Set in the harsh wilderness of Indiana in 1817, the film explores Lincoln's complex family dynamic and the two women who guided him. Austin, Texas native Edwards has worked with his mentor Malick over the last decade, first as an editor on "The New World," then as second-unit director and editor on "The Tree of Life," "To The Wonder," and the forthcoming "Knight of Cups. »
- Anne Thompson
Amplify has acquired all U.S. rights to director A.J. Edwards’ “The Better Angels,” which chronicles Abraham Lincoln's childhood. Amplify will release the film in theaters this fall, followed by a VOD and home video release in early 2015. Produced by acclaimed filmmaker Terrence Malick, “The Better Angels” examines several formative events in young Abraham Lincoln's life. Using visual and narrative poetry to express the Lincoln family's life in the harsh wilderness of Indiana in 1817, the film explores Abraham's family dynamic, the hardships that shaped him, and the two women who guided him to immortality. Also read: With ‘To the Wonder, »
- Jeff Sneider
Wes Bentley rarely takes on leading roles, probably partially because his youthful, nondescript features lead audiences to identify with him most as a background player. Things People Do, a quiet drama directed by The Thin Red Line editor Saar Klein, finds Bentley taking on the main role of insurance adjuster Bill Scanlon, who turns to a life of crime when always playing the nice guy leaves him jobless and heavily in debt. Unfortunately, the film’s plodding, ham-fisted narrative allows neither Bentley nor Things People Do as a whole any opportunity to leave even the slightest impression.
Klein and co-writer Joe Conway clearly wanted their film to be received as a morality play, with seemingly every line of dialogue holding deeper meaning. In moderation, symbolic dialogue can be one of a screenwriter’s most potent weapons, but here it’s more exhausting than enlightening. One of the reasons Things People Do »
- Isaac Feldberg
The Afca has about 75 members. .All our members voted on the Awards and the majority clearly felt Ivan Sen's gripping outback noir was the best Australian film from the last 12 months,. said Afca chair Richard Haridy, whose outlets are ABC Radio Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, »
- Don Groves
The visionary American film director has nine months to pay a settlement sum with the financiers of Voyage of Time, an epoch-straddling documentary that remains unfinished
• News: Malick taken to court for 'forgetting to make film'
Terrence Malick has come to a settlement with the financiers of his film Voyage of Time, which has remained unfinished since its inception in 2008.
Investment group Seven Seas Partnership, who financed the film, sued Malick's company Sycamore Pictures last year claiming that nearly $6m had been spent but on the production but "with nothing to show for it". They highlighted how he instead spent time on other projects including To The Wonder and the forthcoming Knight of Cups, said that their money was "co-mingled with other financial assets to support the production of other films by Malick," and that he had indeed "forgotten" about the project.
Sycamore countersued, saying that the action brought against »
- Ben Beaumont-Thomas
Director: Terrence Malick
Writer: Terrence Malick
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender, Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Val Kilmer, Benicio Del Toro, Holly Hunter, Bérénice Marlohe, Clifton Collins Jr., Haley Bennett, Boyd Holbrook, Tom Sturridge, Angela Bettis
To consider one’s self a fan of Terrence Malick’s oeuvres is, for lack of a better term, cinephile martyrdom. As one of the two current projects that should be released this year (how many times have we said this), the formerly titled Lawless sounds like a Grand Slam in terms of musical acts assisting a romantic backdrop of a good looking set of actors and actresses (they’ll certainly look lush with Emmanuel Lubezki assisting in the photography) this mostly scriptless project might turn out to be a first-cousin comparison the largely dismissed To the Wonder. »
- Eric Lavallee
We're about a week away from Hollywood's biggest night, which means it's time for me to share my first picks to win Oscar gold. First up, my selections for animated feature, documentary feature, cinematography, adapted screenplay and original screenplay: • Best Documentary Oscar prognosticators are split between the fiendishly talented backup singers in 20 Feet from Stardom and the stomach-churning "gangsters" in The Act of Killing, and so am I. Still, I have to tip the scale toward The Act of Killing, Joshua Oppenheimer's gut-punch of a film about the men who carried out the 1965 Indonesian genocide. Oppenheimer and his crew »
- Alynda Wheat, PEOPLE Movie Critic
Watch any sequence of A.J. Edwards’ poetic The Better Angels and the influence of executive producer Terrence Malick is abundantly clear. Edwards’ relationship with the Days of Heaven director started in 2005 when he worked as co-cinematographer on the documentary The Making of The New World as well as co-editor on The New World. Subsequently, he was second unit director and co-director on The Tree of Life, To the Wonder and the upcoming Knight of Cups, starring Cate Blanchett, Christian Bale and Natalie Portman, which Edwards reveals is definitely coming out this year. Thierry Frémaux must be doing cartwheels. The Better Angels, about the early life of Abraham Lincoln, started life as a Malick […] »
- Kaleem Aftab
When learning of yet another film tackling the life of the distinguished American president Abraham Lincoln, you’d be excused for reacting with a mere rolling of the eyes. However, despite becoming a somewhat tired cinematic stomping ground, first-time filmmaker A.J. Edwards, presents his debut feature with a little more ingenuity, tackling the early years of the renowned head of state. Every inspiring historical figure was once a child, and this conveys that notion with a brooding style, and elusive beauty, working as an antidote to Steven Spielberg’s recent endeavour.
Played as a young boy by Braydon Denney with a subtle, yet infectious vitality, we explore his upbringing in the uncompromising Indiana wilderness, with his parents Nancy (Brit Marling) and Tom (Jason Clarke), with the latter a fair authoritarian, to balance out the former’s more progressive, equitable approach. As we attempt to comprehend what shaped this child into »
- Stefan Pape
This is a teaser trailer for the Terrence Malick-produced film The Better Angles, which follows the life of a young Abraham Lincoln. The film was written and directed by A.J. Edwards, and the cast includes Jason Clarke, Diane Kruger, Brit Marling, Wes Bentley, and Braydon Denney. Edwards has worked with Malick on films such as The Tree of Life and To the Wonder, and you can see the influence of those in the trailer for this movie.
Indiana, 1817. The entire nation, only 40 years old and a few years removed from a second war of independence, is still raw. Men and women must battle against nature and disease to survive in log cabins. This is young Abraham Lincoln’s world. Spanning three years of the future president’s childhood, The Better Angels explores his family, the hardships that shaped him, the tragedy that marked him forever, and the two women who guided him to immortality. »
- Joey Paur
It may look, sound and feel like a Terrence Malick film, but aside from a producer credit, the upcoming "The Better Angels" is actually the work of editor and second unit director-turned-writer/director A.J. Edwards. But certainly, after logging time on "The New World," "The Tree of Life" and "To the Wonder," he's learned a few things about Malick's approach and has put them to use. Starring Jason Clarke, Diane Kruger, Brit Marling, Wes Bentley and Braydon Denney, the black-and-white film tells the story of young Abraham Lincoln, and the events of his youth that would shape the man who would become one of the great Presidents. And while that's a great premise—as our review of the film out of the Sundance Film Festival bears out—this is a lot of style, but with no authorial stamp. As our own Rodrigo Perez wrote, the film focuses "on mood, nature, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Mexican director Carlos Reygadas (Japón, Silent Light) had critics divided with his latest, Post Tenebras Lux (the title is a Latin phrase meaning “after darkness, light”). Met with boos following its premiere at Cannes last year (although it went on to win the Best Director prize), Post Tenebras Lux represents the director’s attempt to make a personal work. This week we sit down and discuss its many unforgettable and ominous images. After we take time to also discuss Terence Malick’s beautiful, compassionate, tragic and transcendent To The Wonder – also booed at Cannes. Joining us this week is Sound On Sight contributor Zachary Lewis – also of In Review Online.
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Greatly experienced at wearing many hats for most of the recent Terrence Malick projects (he served as an editor on "To the Wonder" and worked on "The New World"), debutant director A.J. Edwards recently premiered his own first feature at the Sundance Film Festival. Starring Jason Clarke, Brit Marling, and Diane Kruger, his film "The Better Angels" is an ethereal retelling of Abraham Lincoln's early life in Indiana. Captivating and breathtakingly beautiful, Malick's influence on Edwards' imagery is indelible throughout the film; yet, it is clear that despite the evident connections he strives to imprint his own vision into the project. Utilizing light and silence as his strongest tools to craft visual poetry, Edwards' historical drama is sure to cement him as one of the most interesting voices to come out of this year's festival and one to keep an eye on in the near future. Could you talk about »
- Carlos Aguilar
There's just time to see all those weighty Oscar-nominated films you never quite got around to seeing earlier. So how come watching so many of them feels like having to do homework?
This is the time of year when everyone is frantically trying to catch up with the Oscar nominees they never quite managed to see: Nebraska; Inside Llewyn Davis; 12 Years a Slave; August: Osage County. You know what I'm talking about. Films of import. Films of substance. Films that demonstrate beyond a shadow of a doubt that Hollywood has a conscience. Films that star Meryl Streep.
This is no fun. This is homework. Take in more than one of these films in a 48-hour period and your nervous system starts to shut down. The same thing happened with last year's crop: Lincoln; The Master; Zero Dark Thirty. These were all films of import. Films of substance. Films that mattered. »
- Joe Queenan
Amir here to kick off We Can’t Wait!, a week-long series by Team Experience on our most anticipated films of 2014. The title is pretty much self-explanatory. We voted as a group and, starting tomorrow, each of us will cover one of the films that ended up on our top ten 14 list. Before that, however, let’s take a quick look at some of the films that were placed highly on our individual ballots but failed to make the final list. You may remember that I posted my own personal list of most anticipated films in this space previously. Let’s hear from the rest of the Team…
Untitled Public School Project (dir. Baumbach)
Noah Baumbach’s upcoming Untitled Public School Project, starring and co-written with his diligent muse and recurring collaborator Greta Gerwig, sounded to me like Greta-and-Noah’s Up the Down Staircase, a little-remembered 1968 drama in which Sandy Dennis stars as a fresh-faced, »
- Amir S.
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