And just like that, we have a new Terrence Malick film set to debut in 2015. The notoriously private director shot two films back-to-back in 2012, Knight of Cups and a currently untitled feature that was previously named Lawless, but given the fact that Malick spends years in the editing room, there was no telling when we’d see either of them. After rumors of a 2014 debut turned out to be false, we now have official confirmation on when at least one of them will be released, as the Berlin Film Festival announced its initial lineup today and Knight of Cups is on the roster. A number of actors shot roles for the film, but the Berlin description confirms that at least Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, and Natalie Portman made the final cut. More on Knight of Cups after the jump.
Per The Playlist, Knight of Cups will be premiering in competition at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival, which runs from February 5 – 15th. Malick is known to shape, reshape, and even invent the storylines for his films in the editing room so we don’t know exactly what Knight of Cups is about, but the initial plot reportedly revolved around people in the film business, with Bale taking on the lead role of an insecure womanizer.
Malick has always had a flair for poetic filmmaking, but his 2013 film To the Wonder brought his signature style to a whole other level as Ben Affleck was relegated to a handful of lines despite being onscreen for a large amount of the film’s runtime. I actually quite liked what Malick did with To the Wonder and The Tree of Life is a masterpiece, so I’m incredibly eager to see what he’s put together with these two new features.
There’s still no word on when his other film will be released, but it features Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, and Michael Fassbender and takes place in the Austin music scene. Bale also shot footage for that movie, but he previously revealed that he thinks his scenes will probably be cut. With a Berlin Film Festival debut set for Knight of Cups, I have to wonder if the film won’t also screen at Cannes before bowing domestically sometime next fall. Either way, this is exciting stuff.