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Fox Searchlight picks up U.K. distribution rights for THE TREE OF LIFE

Julian Stark

by: Julian Stark
June 8th, 2011

THE TREE OF LIFE is now slated for U.K. distribution

At one time it was thought that Terrence Malick’s long-awaited drama THE TREE OF LIFE would hit theaters in the U.K. before its showing at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. Not only was that idea put to rest shortly after it surfaced, it was also announced that there were no plans for it to play at U.K. cinemas at all. After that little brouhaha, though, it won the Palme d’Or at Cannes and became an art-house smash stateside.

So it’s no surprise that the idea of not expanding to the U.K. needed a bit of tweaking. On that note, Deadline Hollywood reports that Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley, presidents of Fox Searchlight, purchased the U.K. distribution rights for the film; it’s set for a U.K. release on July 8, the same day it hits theaters nationwide in the States, and will roll out in countries like Australia, Canada, and Taiwan before the end of the month.

The U.K. distribution obviously gives THE TREE OF LIFE exposure to a broader audience, but it also means that the film will be eligible for U.K.-specific awards like the London Film Critics’ Circle’s honors and the BAFTAs, which could help it out if it goes on to become an Oscar contender.

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