Terrence Malick's Tree of Life Aiming for a Cannes Premiere
If you've ever been to the Cannes Film Festival, or attended one of their screenings, then you know that the intro that plays in front of every film features a snippet of the brilliant score from Terrence Malick's Days of Heaven (specifically the song "Aquarium" by Camille Saint-Saëns). They love Malick at Cannes and I truly believe that's where his new film The Tree of Life will be premiering in 2010. The Playlist has yet another update on some buzz regarding the auteur's elusive next film, which we've been hearing about for years now, but as we know, Malick likes to continue editing until he finally feels ready to unleash it upon the world.
Since we know nothing about the actual film itself, and probably won't know anything until Cannes, all we've been writing about for the past few months is its prospective release. The Playlist discovered another new mention in this Variety article where it says: "Terrence Malick's Tree of Life, starring Brad Pitt, will also go out via Apparition this summer or early fall, according to Berney, with fest play along the way." Combine that with this Film Journal quote and it sounds like we'll finally be seeing Malick's new film sometime this year. "[Bob] Berney is eyeing a Cannes slot to premiere the much-anticipated Brad Pitt/Sean Penn starrer."
Bob Berney is one of the executives of the brand new distribution company Apparition, that released Black Dynamite, Bright Star, and Boondock Saints II last year. They're handling the US release of Tree of Life and are the go-to guys until Malick makes an appearance (probably in France this May). So while we don't have official confirmation yet, it looks like Apparition wants to get Tree of Life into Cannes. And if I know them, they'll definitely accept it and put it in a premium spot, because they really do love Malick. And if it doesn't show up there, then that's a sign something may be wrong. We'll keep you updated, as always, so stay tuned!