Magnolia Pictures has released another trailer for Terrence Malick‘s film that the company picked up last fall at the Toronto Film Festival. To The Wonder stars Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Rachel McAdams and Javier Bardem. Magnolia plans a multi-platform release with an initial theatrical rollout starting April 12th in New York and Los Angeles plus engagements in several other markets, according to the distributor’s website.
EXCLUSIVE: In what amounts to the last major film to emerge from the Toronto Film Festival with a distribution deal, Magnolia has acquired To The Wonder, the Terrence Malick-directed film that stars Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Rachel McAdams and Javier Bardem. Magnolia will release it in a multi-platform strategy that starts with a theatrical release in 2013.
Affleck plays an American, Neil, who falls in love with a Ukranian girl Marina (Kurylenko) he meets in Paris, and asks her to return with him to Oklahoma to start a life together. While Marina and Neil can’t connect in her new home, she makes the acquaintance of a priest and fellow exile (Bardem) who is struggling with his vocation, while Neil renews a relationship with a childhood sweetheart, Jane (McAdams). The film will be marketed by Magnolia as an exploration of love in its many forms.
EXCLUSIVE: Jason Clarke is in negotiations to play the male lead in the Terrence Malick-produced The Green Blade Rises. He will play Tom Lincoln, the father of Abraham Lincoln. The film tells of the formative years of the 16th U.S. president and the hardships that shape him including abandonment by his father in the harsh winter wilderness, a tragedy that marked him forever, and the two women who guided him to immortality. Clarke’s character has a callous, quiet demeanor, verbally and physically abusive towards Abe on many occasions, but lets his son know how proud he is of him. He is married to Sarah Lincoln (played by Diane Kruger), Abe’s beautiful stepmother.
As is typical with a Terrence Malick film, there was a lot of mystery surrounding To The Wonder ahead of its Venice debut this morning. The recent confirmation of who made the director’s final …
To The Wonder, Terrence Malick’s impressionistic take on love and religion, was met with a mix of bravos and boos at the end of this morning’s first screening in Venice. Applause was hearty in my section of the …
Venice: ‘Reluctant Fundamentalist’ Bows With Star Turn By Riz Ahmed; Curiosity High On Anderson’s ‘Master’, Malick’s ‘Wonder’
The Venice Film Festival kicked off last night with the premiere of Mira Nair’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist. Indian-born filmmaker Nair, one of 21 female directors in the main selection – notable after a year when Cannes saw zero in competition – said yesterday she felt she was “put on this earth to tell stories about people like me who live between two worlds.”
Based on the book by Mohsin Hamid, the story follows a young Pakistani man’s rise from Lahore to Princeton to the height of Wall Street success pre-9/11. A brunette Kate Hudson plays lead Riz Ahmed’s love interest. They’re torn apart as Ahmed’s character, Changez, is treated with overt suspicion and brutality by American authorities post-9/11. Disillusioned by the American Dream, he heads back to Lahore and becomes a teacher while local radicals attempt to recruit him. Liev Schreiber plays a journalist/spook who finds an uneasy kinship with Changez while investigating the kidnapping of an American citizen.
Nair won the Golden Lion in 2001 for Monsoon Wedding and a few days later was in Toronto when planes crashed into the World Trade Center. With this film, she said, “I sought to bring some sense of bridge-making between America and the Muslim world that goes beyond myopia and ignorance.” Ahmed, easily the biggest takeaway from the movie, said “Viewers will react differently. I hope the film has respect for its audience.” The actor is known in Britain for films that include Michael Winterbottom’s The Road To Guantanamo and Trishna and the recent drama Ill Manors by English rapper Ben Drew (aka Plan B), but he has yet to break in the States. I’d expect that to change soon. At the opening night dinner, admirers positively swooned around him. Upping the “aw” factor, he mostly spent the evening tending to his date – his mother.
Venice Film Festival: Terrence Malick’s ‘To The Wonder’, Brian De Palma’s ‘Passion’ Among Competition Pics
Alberto Barbera has unveiled his first lineup as artistic director of the 69th Venice Film Festival. The main competition is heavy on Euro fare, but also includes Terrence Malick‘s To The Wonder starring Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams and Rachel Weisz; Brian De Palma’s (French-produced) Passion also with McAdams and Noomi Rapace; Ramin Bahrani’s At Any Price with Zac Efron and Dennis Quaid; and Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers starring James Franco and Selena Gomez. Out of competition premieres include Robert Redford’s The Company You Keep, Susanne Bier’s Love Is All You Need and Spike Lee’s Michael Jackson documentary Bad 25. A handful of classic films will be screened in restored versions including Ingmar Bergman’s Fanny & Alexander and Michael Cimino’s Heaven’s Gate. Talent will stroll the Lido from August 29-September 8. Below are the full in- and out-of-competition slates.
Venice 69 (Competition)
Something In The Air, dir: Olivier Assayas
Clément Métayer, Lola Créton, Félix Armand
At Any Price, dir: Ramin Bahrani
Zac Efron, Dennis Quaid, Kim Dickens, Heather Graham
Bella Addormentata, dir: Marco Bellocchio
Toni Servillo, Isabelle Huppert, Alba Rohrwacher, Michele Riondino, Maya Sansa, Pier Giorgio Bellocchio
La Cinquième Saison, dirs: Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth
Aurélia Poirier, Django Schrevens, Sam Louwyck, Gill Vancompernolle
Fill The Void, dir: Rama Burshtein
Hadas Yaron, Yiftach Klein, Irit Sheleg, Chaim Sharir
E Stato Il Figlio, dir: Daniele Cipri
Toni Servillo, Giselda Volodi, Alfredo Castro, Fabrizio Falco
Un Giorno Speciale, dir; Francesca Comencini
Filippo Scicchitano, Giulia Valentini
Passion, dir: Brian De Palma
Rachel McAdams, Noomi Rapace, Paul Anderson, Karoline Herfurth
Superstar, dir: Xavier Giannoli
Kad Merad, Cecile De France
At various events and pre-Oscar parties this weekend I have heard over and over again the same line: “God,I just hope there are some surprises!” No matter what people seem to be personally rooting for, the one thing they really want are some good old-fashioned Oscar shockers in a year …
Terrence Malick’s The Tree Of Life scored five wins at the 15th annual Online Film Critics Society Awards, which were announced today. Cannes’ Palme d’Or champion took the top prize of best picture as well as wins for director, supporting actress (Jessica Chastain), editing and cinematography; no other film won more than one award. Michael Fassbender took best actor for Shame and Tilda Swinton was best actress for We Need To Talk About Kevin. Best supporting actor went to Christopher Plummer for Beginners. Here’s the full list of winners:
The Tree of Life
Best Animated Feature
Terrence Malick, The Tree Of Life
Best Lead Actor
Michael Fassbender, Shame
Best Lead Actress
Tilda Swinton, We Need To Talk About Kevin
Best Supporting Actor
Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Best Supporting Actress
Jessica Chastain, The Tree Of Life
Best Original Screenplay
Midnight In Paris
Best Adapted Screenplay
Tinker Tailor Solider Spy
The Tree Of Life took honors for best picture and best director Terrence Malick when the San Franscisco Film Critics Circle announced their awards for 2011 on Sunday. Two actors who’ve generated a lot of buzz but have been largely overlooked, Gary Oldman and Tilda Swinton, were honored for best …