Donald Clarke

Whingeing about cinema and real life since 2009

Another Tree of Life bombshell

I know what you’re thinking. Terrence Malick’s much-anticipated epic — due for about two years — has been delayed yet again. That’s that. We’ll never see the blasted film now. Screenwriter was correct and the whole thing is a big …

Tue, Mar 29, 2011, 22:49

   

I know what you’re thinking. Terrence Malick’s much-anticipated epic — due for about two years — has been delayed yet again. That’s that. We’ll never see the blasted film now. Screenwriter was correct and the whole thing is a big cosmic joke.

Hold your horses. Quite the opposite might be the case. Empire Magazine has been reporting that the picture will open in the UK (and, presumably, here) before its most recent proposed release date. The generous periodical details a rumour that the picture will unspool on May 4th. Cue chaos. The film had been marked down for a big Cannes premiere and that event will seem much less exciting if virtually everyone from these islands has seen the bloody thing. The festival does not begin until May 11th.

But wait. The reliable Anne Thompson tells us that the rumour is baloney. Fox Searchlight, the US distributors, say no ordinary punter will see it before Cannes. But wait again. Icon, the film’s British distribs, have told Anne that the original report is true. Then somebody “close to the film” tells her it’s not. All going well, by tomorrow, the admirable Eclipse Pictures, Tree of Life’s Irish distributors (are you keeping up?), will have some firmer information for us.

EDIT 30/03/11: I have just talked to Eclipse and, as far as they are concerned, the film is, indeed, opening in the UK (and, most likely, Ireland) on May 4th. There will be fuming on the Cote d’Azure.

At any rate, we can now savour the film’s lovely poster. I’m sure we’re all wondering the same thing. Where are those dinosaurs we were promised?