Cannes seems to be buzzing with somewhat mixed reports, after the screening of Terence Malick’s Tree of Life. No, of course I’m not there silly, but it seems it was greeted by boo’s as well as cheers, according to this Guardian report. It’s fair to say that this is one of the most widely anticipated films of 2011. It was due to premier at Cannes last year, but wasn’t ready in time; unsurprisingly perhaps as controversy seems to have dogged the film, what with release dates being scheduled and then cancelled at short notice. It was initially slated to open in cinema’s before Cannes!
Apparently Malick first conceived the idea after he’d made Days of Heaven back in 1973, and this is only his fifth picture since that film. Old Terry’s not known for his speedy work rate. Anyway, his latest opus is finally with us, although a release date for UK / Ireland still seems uncertain. I hope it’s soon, ’cause it looks great!