Mark your 2011 calendar once you buy one in a couple months. After what seems like two years of speculation, delays, and frustration, film's great enigmatic director Terrence Malick has a release date for his latest opus, The Tree of Life
. Fox Searchlight has confirmed the release date: May 27, 2011. Right at the dawn of spring - how appropriate. The film was originally slated for release earlier this year, but its distributor Apparition Films went under and the film was an orphan for a short time before being snatched up by the branch of Fox with balls.
Not a lot of plot details have been revealed, but the Fox Searchlight
site has some info from a press release: "THE TREE OF LIFE is the impressionistic story of a Midwestern family in
the 1950's chronicling the journey of the eldest son, Jack (played as
an adult by Sean Penn), through the innocence of childhood to his
disillusioned adult years - trying to reconcile the complicated
relationship with his father (Brad Pitt). Jack finds himself a lost
soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of
life while questioning the existence of faith."
There's always a significant gap between Malick's work. It's been five years since his last film, The New World.
Two decade passed between Days of Heaven
and The Thin Red Line
. Malick seems to have been stricken with inspiration recently though, as he's currently shooting
another film in Oklahoma, starring Ben Affleck, Javier Bardem, and Rachel McAdams. Look for that one in theaters after your grandchildren graduate college.
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