Monday brings the Cannes reveal of the most anticipated movie of the festival, and for many, of the year: Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life.” Screenings will also be held throughout the day in LA (and, I assume, New York as well).
We’ll know then whether the film measures up to perhaps the most inflated sense of expectation this side of — hell, I don’t know what film has held this sort of insular captivated pre-release awe, yet remained a bit of an unknown amongst general moviegoers.
In the meantime, the atmosphere on both coasts is that of the second coming, as a Malick film is clearly an event. He’s a filmmaker entering his fourth decade of work but only has five (highly influential) films to show for himself. Tonight, The Elemental Cinema of Terrence Malick kicks off here in LA at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art with a screening of 1973′s “Badlands.” Actors Sissy Spacek and Jim Caviezel, production designer Jack Fisk and costume designer Jacquline West will be on hand at their respective screenings to add to the aura of Malick in Q&As.
I’m thinking about catching the introductory LACMA screening tonight, but if you want to get your Malick fix on in advance of Monday’s review deluge and the May 27 release, and you find yourself in one of those cities, dig in.
(UPDATE: Commenter Graham reminds us that there is also a retrospective of Malick’s work set for Minneapolis’s Walker Art Musuem. This will include a screening of “The Tree of Life” on June 1, introduced by producer Bill Pohlad, a resident of the city.)
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