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Malick’s TREE OF LIFE is completed, but will it hit Cannes?

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
March 29th, 2010

I’ll believe this one when I see it.

Cannes is just about a month away, and with recent reports that ROBIN HOOD will be the opening film of the festival, the speculation as to which films will hit screens during the festival has begun.

One of the films that has been hyped to possibly get a premiere at the festival to end all festivals is Terrence Malick’s upcoming flick, TREE OF LIFE starring Brad Pitt.  Set to hit theaters in the states from Apparition in November, the film has been waiting for a release for over a year now.  Well, according to Anne Thompson (via The Playlist), “The film is in fact finished, but that River Road and Apparition chief Bill Pohlad is not putting pressure on Malick to deliver in time for Cannes.”

So what exactly does that mean? Thompson is a highly trustworthy source, but the status of this film may still be up in the air.  The film is “finished,” so I wouldn’t understand why Malick would decide to skip the festival, which I think would be the perfect outlet for this film to open in.  It’s easily one of the biggest profile films of this year, with probably the most buzz, so the year’s biggest and gaudiest film festival would be a perfect premiere spot.  I still think that it will shock people, and actually show up, but it looks as though a later festival like Toronto seems more likely.

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