Archive for the ‘Terrence Malick’ Category

2011 Cannes Film Festival

2011 Cannes Film Festival Winners

 cannes festival poster 2011

Winners of the five main prizes at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival were as follows: –

tree_of_life_ver4

Palm d’Or – The Tree of Life directed by Terence Malick

drive

Best Director – Nicholas Winding Refn – Drive

The artist

Best Actor – Jean Dujardin – The Artist

melancholia_ver4

Best Actress – Kirsten Dunst – Melancholia

Footnote_(poster_art)

Best Screenplay Award – Footnote written and directed by Joseph Cedar

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_Cannes_Film_Festival

By Way of Grace or Nature

The Tree of Life

Capturing the Universe’s essence

Reclusive American film maker Terrence Malick’s visually evocative epic The Tree of Life centres on a Southern American family living in the then idyllic town of Waco, Texas in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. A strict and religious father, a loving and luminous mother and three boys is intimately shot and interwoven with a larger meditation on the existence of God, the universe, Birth and Death and the arc from a more pastoral existence to the technology filled society which has defined the 21st century. The father is played brilliant by Brad Pitt and the mother by Jessica Chastain each representing the balance in nature between order, discipline and change with beauty, grace and tenderness.

Malick’s vision is of a true auteur and is entirely uncompromising, creating a cinematic experience in The Tree of Life which is visually astounding, intimately beautiful and prosaic enhanced with amazing cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki. Using a non-linear narrative, multiple levels of sound combining breathtaking music with snatches of interior monologue from his characters, the audience has to piece together the progression of this journey of a family who suffers a loss by way of nature.

There are no structured scenes but rather a series of visually sublime and breathtaking scenery intercut with a larger vision of the universe’s origins, the development of life on earth and the natural order of selection. Where Malick excels are the scenes of the three brothers innocently playing, focusing on the eldest son, Jack’s viewpoint who is deeply affected by his father’s discipline, balancing his own aggression by acts of affection for his younger siblings. Jack also appears as an older man, played by Sean Penn as an architect in Houston, still affected by the earlier grief which defined his family.

The Tree of Life is not a commercial film and if viewers enjoyed Malick’s two previous films, The Thin Red Line and The New World, then they will appreciate this beautiful yet bewildering meditation on the origins of existence on earth, yet his latest visual offering did impress the jury at Cannes walking off with the 2011 much coveted Palm d’Or. See it to make your own impressions.

Film Directors & Festivals
Review Calender
October 2020
M T W T F S S
 1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
262728293031  
  • ‘The Donut King’ Review: Alice Gu’s Sweet Doc Plugs a Hole in the Asian American Immigrant Story
    How much do you know about donuts? According to guilty-pleasure doc “The Donut King,” on average, Americans eat 31 of the deep-fried confections per year. Taken as a whole, the donut industry generates somewhere on the order of $8 billion annually. An effortlessly educational first feature from Chinese American cinematographer Alice Gu, “The Donut King” […]
    Peter Debruge
  • The Beckhams Score Major Netflix Documentary (Report)
    Retired British soccer player David Beckham, designer and former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham and their young family are set to be the subject of a £16 million ($20.6 million) fly-on-the-wall Netflix documentary. David Beckham’s rise to fame will be documented through personal photographs and video footage of family celebrations and recollections from friends, family and […]
    Naman Ramachandran
  • Alicia Keys and Brandi Carlile Release Get-Out-the-Vote Duet, ‘A Beautiful Noise’: The Story Behind the Song
    Alicia Keys and Brandi Carlile surprised viewers of a voter turnout special Thursday night with a duet performance of a new song, “A Beautiful Noise,” which they immediately released as a single following the premiere on “Every Vote Counts: A Celebration of Democracy.” Keys co-hosted the CBS special along with Kerry Washington and America Ferrera. […]
    chrislwillman
  • With ‘Mank,’ David Fincher Returns to the Best Director Oscars Race
    In the stratosphere of cinephiles, the anticipation for a new David Fincher film is palpable. Unveiled by Netflix before a crowd of film critics and journalists on Thursday night, his 11th feature film “Mank” is both personal and technically proficient. It’s been a decade since Fincher received a nomination for best director for “The Social […]
    Clayton Davis
  • ‘A Balance’ and ‘Three’ Win Busan Festival’s Competition Awards
    The Busan International Film Festival concluded its 25th edition on Friday with the announcement of prizes across its multiple sections. The competitive New Currents section saw the top prize shared between “A Balance” from Japanese director Harumoto Yujiro and “Three,” a Kazakhstan-Korea- Uzbekistan co-venture directed by Pak Ruslan. The festival operated a hybrid format, with […]
    Patrick Frater
  • Read More
    Different providers offer different cell phones, so take a look at the options from each provider to choose the right one for you. You may also want to look into any promotions that the providers have to offer, such as free cell phones in exchange for signing a contract. Tags: 2gmhass90