Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life” will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May. The film was first mentioned as a possibility for last year’s festival, so this isn’t entirely unexpected. It isn’t known yet if it will play in or out of competition, though my guess would that it’ll be out of competition. It hits theaters on May 27.
Here is your first look at “The Tree of Life,” written and directed by reclusive filmmaker Terrence Malick. I saw the trailer before “127 Hours” “Black Swan,” and it looks pretty beautiful on the big screen, like a painting transposed onto film. It stars Brad Pitt and Sean Penn. It will be Malick’s third film since “Days of Heaven” was released in 1978: “The Thin Red Line” in 1998, “The New World” in 2005 and now this in 2011. If I gave you a list of some directors not named Terrence Malick who have made more than three films in the last 30 years, it would just depress you, so just go watch the beauty. [Apple]