Donald Clarke

Whingeing about cinema and real life since 2009

The Tree of Life moves AGAIN!

Yes, you saw it coming. A few weeks back I reported on the puzzling news that Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life, long-gestated epic, was set to open in the UK and Ireland on May 4th. This would have meant …

Wed, Apr 27, 2011, 21:28

   
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Yes, you saw it coming. A few weeks back I reported on the puzzling news that Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life, long-gestated epic, was set to open in the UK and Ireland on May 4th. This would have meant that we would see it a week (or so) before its Cannes “premiere” and nearly a month before it opened in US cinemas. It seems that Summit Films, the mini-studio behind the film, were not altogether happy with this move and, following much legal huffing and puffing, Icon Pictures, the UK distributor, have now bowed to the inevitable and announced that The Tree of Life will indeed open here sometime after its Cannes debut.

One wonders what was going on here. Nobody seems to know. It’s not as if the film garnered much more publicity as a result of the mini-controversy. Where, aside from specialist corners such as this, was anybody talking about it. The man on the Clapham omnibus had better things to do with his time. At any rate, I’ll let you know what it’s like when it is finally unveiled ¬†on the Cote d’Azure.