Finally we can enjoy the first wave of photos of Song to Song, Terrence Malick’s film to be released in a few weeks, including the first official still with Natalie. here it is:
It’s official: Song to Song, Terrence Malick’s latest film, has been selected to open the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin on March 10, a week before its commercial release in American cinemas. Considering that the movie was filmed largely in that city during the ACL Music Festival four years ago, it makes sense to premiere there.
Janet Pierson, director of SXSW, has said about it:
Terrence Malick is a world class revered cinematic poet. His work is a treasure trove of talented actors and vision. Set in the world of music and Austin, ‘Song to Song’ couldn’t be a more perfect Opening Night film for SXSW. While these titles are just a taste of what SXSW 2017 will offer, they reflect the range of work we are known for, from newcomers and auteurs to pop entertainment in traditional cinema, episodics and now VR.
On the other hand, according to One Big Soul, the Facebook page with the best information about Terrence Malick’s work, Christian Bale would not appear in the final cut of the film. We’ll have to wait until the trailer to check it…
Four years after, we finally have news of the other Terrence Malick’s film that Natalie filmed in 2012.
During the last two years, the movie was known as Weightless, but now IndieWire reports that the final title of the film will be Song to Song. The website also confirms its premiere in the USA on March 17, and gives more details of its argument:
Here’s the premise: “In this modern love story set against the Austin, Texas music scene, two entangled couples — struggling songwriters Faye (Rooney Mara) and BV (Ryan Gosling), and music mogul Cook (Michael Fassbender) and the waitress whom he ensnares (Natalie Portman) — chase success through a rock ‘n’ roll landscape of seduction and betrayal.”
In addition to the main quartet, a number of musicians appear as well: Patti Smith, Lykke Li, the Black Lips, Iggy Pop, Florence and the Machine, the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Considering Fabio briefly appeared in last year’s “Knight of Cups,” that sounds about right.
Also, the site has the first official still of the film (unfortunately Natalie does not appear in it).
more after the jump:
Next weekend Jackie will expand to 26 theaters in the USA. Until then, here are a few tidbits to make the wait bearable…
–Vanity Fair has a new article focused on the costumes of the Pablo Larrain´s film, made by Madeline Fontaine. Some of the stills that illustrate it are brand new:
Some big “mini” news items for you guys today so let’s get straight to it.
– One Big Soul has revealed that Broad Green have set Natalie’s next Terrence Malick film, Weightless, for release in the U.S. on March 17, 2017. They seem to think that a Berlinale unveiling, like Knight of Cups, is likely.
– In more great news, musician and composer Mica Levi will be producing the score for Jackie. Her score for Under The Skin is one of the most haunting and memorable musical scores that I’ve ever heard so I’m really thrilled about this. That said, the music for Jackie will probably be significantly different.
– Finally, artist Shirin Neshat, had some really nice things to say about her artistic short film collaboration with Natalie, Illusions and Mirrors.
“With Natalie, her professionalism and experience as an actress was tremendous. I almost didn’t have to explain anything, she was so quick to understand what I was looking for,” Neshat recalls. “As it was a great pleasure for me to work with someone as Natalie’s caliber, I think for Natalie, who works on big Hollywood productions, it was a fun experiment to work on an experimental, abstract video piece.”
Today’s tidbits are all about upcoming Natalie films. It’s great to have so many interesting projects on the way and hopefully one or two new Natalie classics among them.
– According to this insider, a Terrence Malick film will probably be playing the Venice International Film Festival. Will it finally be Weightless, the Ryan Gosling starring music scene film that shot directly after Knight of Cups? Or will it be Malick’s A Voyage of Time?
Adriano De Grandis, usually well informed on behind-the-scenes negotiations and the selection of Venice’s La Mostra writes in Padua’s Il Gazzettino: “Almost secure the attendance of [a] Terrence Malick [film]”. In his opinion or according to his informations, it would be WEIGHTLESS.
– Five minutes of Jackie was screened in Italy to distributors, one of which had this encouraging synopsis:
Protagonist of the film is the radiant Natalie Portman, who after a few minutes of trailer is not difficult to imagine among the 2017 Oscar candidate for best actress.
– And finally, in more upcoming Natalie film news, it looks like Planetarium had a recent screening.
The Playlist looks at 50 films that might be in contention for appearances during the fall festival circuit. Natalie has three films that get a mention. I think I’d be happy enough if just one of these pans out.
Given that Pablo Larrain is one of the best directors we have right now, that we have three movies from him this year can only be a good thing. And after “The Club” and “Neruda,” his English-language debut on “Jackie” couldn’t be more eagerly awaited. Following Jackie Kennedy (Natalie Portman) in the days following the assassination of her husband, it should be a very different kind of biopic, and with filming having begun last December, we can’t imagine this not getting an awards push, though it’s currently without distributor. Larrain has some history at Venice — he was on the jury there three years ago and “Post Mortem” screened there — so there, TIFF or NYFF are all viable.
After Knight of Cups, Terrence Malick and Natalie collaborated straight away on a second film. It had a naming identity crisis but finally landed on Weightless. Based on the shoot, it seemed that Natalie was going to be much more of a central character and, with a story set in and around the Austin music scene, it sounded the more promising of the two films.
We may find out later this year as the British Film Classification Board have just posted that the film is 145 minutes and has been given a 15 rating for “infrequent strong sex”. That will probably translate into an R rating in the U.S.
Here’s hoping that a trailer follows along sooner rather than later.
A few Easter Sunday Natalie news items for you guys.
– Variety has a big Cannes piece that looks over all the films that could be appearing. Natalie has two films mentioned – Weightless and Planetarium.
“Voyage of Time” or “Weightless” (Terrence Malick). Although the suddenly prolific auteur’s reputation has slid somewhat since “Tree of Life” earned the Palme d’Or in 2011, Malick remains a force to be reckoned with at Cannes. It has been strongly suggested that one of his upcoming movies will appear in the official selection. It could be “Weightless,” his star-studded tale of two love triangles set against the Austin music scene, which would put Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett and Val Kilmer on the red carpet. Then again, it could be “Voyage of Time,” his Imax documentary about the birth and death of the known universe.
“Planetarium” (Rebecca Zlotowski). A graduate of the prestigious La Femis school who presented her feature debut “Belle Epine” in Critics’ Week and follow-up “Grand Central” in Un Certain Regard, Zlotowski is one of the young filmmakers expected to land in competition with this 1930-set supernatural drama. Pic, which is in late post, stars Natalie Portman and Lily-Rose Depp as two spiritualist sisters. Sales: Kinology.
– In other Natalie films news, A Tale of Love and Darkness will be opening the Seattle Jewish Film Festival on April 2nd.
Some odds. Some ends. You know the drill.
– First up some great news for Natalie’s directorial debut, A Tale of Love and Darkness. The film has distribution, will be opening later this year and is aiming for an Oscar foreign language submission…although that may be a bit optimistic. Read about it at THR.
– In other upcoming Natalie film news, the second Terrence Malick film is now finally titled Weightless – assuming the producers are correct. Originally called Lawless, it feels like it has had an identity crisis for years. Now can we see a damn trailer already? Knight of Cups has rocked my Malick fandom quite a bit but I’m still quite hyped about everything we know about his Austin set film.
– Speaking of Knight of Cups, the film had a very strong per screen average in its opening weekend but I’m not sure how far it is going to be able to expand.
It’s time for another batch of smaller Natalie news items. Quite a nice selection today…
– The Playlist have published their annual 100 Most Anticipated Films list for 2016 and Natalie had three films make it. Jackie is number 36, Weightless (the second Malick film) is number 2, and Jane Got A Gun was an honourable mention. A bit curious that Planetarium didn’t make the cut.
– Knight of Cups opens stateside in a month and a half but will premiere at the Santa Barbara Film Festival in early February. As part of the promotion, Broad Green Pictures are releasing very short snippets from the film, which I personally find a poor match for Malick’s aesthetic. Nevertheless, here is one such clip with Natalie.
– Finally, it would appear that Natalie and Ben are currently in Cuba.
As we patiently wait for some festival and release news for Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups, along with a trailer for Weightless (or whatever it will be called next), I have a few smaller news items courtesy of One Big Soul.
– The news that might actually lead to more news, in the form of reviews, is that Knight of Cups will be playing at the Jerusalem Film Festival on the 15th and 16th.
– Next up are some thoughts from Cate Blanchett, who is also in both of the Malick films. This is what she had to say about her experience of the man.
This is a director who has a particular universe. The experience was brief and mysterious, completely rooted in the present moment, a life in suspension, as he described it. After the end of the film remains a mystery and the story is very allusive. And then you have to adjust to the idea of not having any certainty to be in the final cut.
– With a more negative take on the Malick method, here is Kevin Corrigan’s experience.
I worked with Terrence Malick on a film two years ago, and it’s Terrence Malick! He was trying to reinvent the wheel right in the middle of take and it was a little frustrating. He’s kind of whimsical that way. The guy’s a legend, he can do whatever he wants and he does seem to do whatever he wants. Things aren’t nailed down at all. The movie is truly like this living thing, you don’t know where it’s going to go or what’s going to happen. That can be kind of frustrating when you’ve spent all night memorizing lines and then the lines end up not mattering all that much. I like for there to be form. I like for there to be organization.
Natalie news has died down a bit so let’s shuffle through another bag and pull out a couple mini news items.
– Natalie will be hosting a PBS airing gala (July 24th) celebrating composer John Williams.
– Lightscamerareaction reports a couple Malick-y items from Awards Watch. The first being a potential scoop that plans are afoot to play Knight of Cups and “Weightless” together at festivals. The other is a review of Natalie’s Knight of Cup performance which goes something like, “he looks lovely and smiles a lot and then looks crushed and lost and that’s kinda it.”
Doesn’t that sound amazing!
Even though Knight of Cups is complete and has been screened at Berlinale, the producers are now aiming for an early 2016 release. I assume the mixed reviews cooled any awards season prospects but producer Gabrield Hammonds puts it like this.
“We want to have the longest run possible,” said Hammond, “not for money’s sake, but so we can get as many people to share the experience.”
The Thompson On Hollywood piece that includes the quote also mentions that the second Malick film, Weightless, will not be released under that title. One Big Soul have heard that it is the title of the film but that the distributors have the rights to change it and that’s exactly what they will be doing.
Thanks to Belerofonte.
Apologies for the radio silence. In part due to a hectic few days and also due to the quiet on the Natalie front. I’m hoping we’ll have some good Cannes news this week but until then…tidbits!
– The Avengers: Age of Ultron junior novel (the what now?!?!) has a semi-spoiler relating to Natalie. If you want to know whether Thor and Jane are still together, head over here.
– The awesomely named Tanner Beard is a producer on Knight of Cups and this interview has a this excitable quote about first viewing footage from the film.
We’re out in this outdoor park, this cool place in Austin, and everyone’s drinking their fancy beers and everything, and she hands me these headphones.
So I put them on and she opens her laptop, and she’s like, “You are maybe only one of four people who is going to see this.” And I was like, “Oh, shit.” So I got to see a little cut of five or six minutes of Knights of Cups of where it was at the time. And I just remember watching it, and [thinking], “I can’t believe I get to be a part of this film.” You know what I mean? Because somehow Terrence Malick made the 405 look beautiful. It was just so cool.
– Finally, speaking of Malick, the OTHER Natalie-Malick collaboration (the music scene film with Ryan Gosling) looks as though it is definitely called Weightless.
Thanks to Lightscamerareaction and Belerofonte.
Cannes is rapidly approaching once again and the tea leaves are coming up A Tale of Love and Darkness, Natalie’s feature directorial debut.
Variety feels that the film has a good chance to feature in the Un Certain Regard competition, which generally focuses on more daring and original works for all over the world. No mention of either of the Malick films.
Elsewhere, Natalie Portman’s feature directing debut, the Jerusalem-shot drama “A Tale of Love and Darkness,” could be headed for a slot in Un Certain Regard.
Hollywood Elsewhere’s Jeff Wells has compiled his own list and Tale lands in 8th spot with this little write-up.
(8) Natalie Portman‘s A Tale of Love and Darkness — Dramatization of true story of Israeli writer Amos Oz growing up in Jerusalem during the 1940s and ’50s…okay, maybe but clearly not a triple, especially with that overbearing title;
I was leaning towards the Malick film, Weightless, due to the music scene and how long it has been in the oven, with Tale maybe peeking out at Venice later in the year, but now I think I’m coming around. It would be such a thrill for Natalie to be at Cannes for her own film.
First it was Lawless. Then it was merely Untitled. More recently it was being called Project V. But now the second of Natalie’s Terrence Malick films has a title, and that title is…
Here is some visual confirmation by way of credits of the sound editor.
A big thanks to Adela and One Big Soul: An Oral History Of Terrence Malick.