Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups among first wave of Berlin 2015 titles, and a trailer!

Since he returned from a 6 year absence in 2011 with his long-gestating The Tree of LIfe, there have been rumours of nearly as many new Terrence Malick films than he’s made in his 40 year career. In 2012, the first of these emerged, the Ben Affleck starrer To the Wonder, which garnered lacklustre reviews. Then, there was definite word on three – Voyage of Time, an IMAX documentary about “birth and death of the known universe”, which, after a lawsuit earlier this year, has been dated for 2016; a now untitled project once called Lawless, an “Austin music scene” drama starring Ryan Gosling; and Knight of Cups, starring Christian Bale and Natalie Portman. This doesn’t even include the 6 hour cut of The Tree of Life that was reported, THAT I’M STILL WAITING FOR, MALICK.

Famous for long post production periods, no one really knows when a new Malick is coming, it just instead pops up as an excellent surprise when you least expect it. Well, overnight just that happened, with Knight of Cups, described as “a man, temptations, celebrity, and excess”, being added to the Berlin Film Festival 2015 lineup in the first batch of 5 titles, which also includes Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella. I’ve included the full list under the cut.

If that’s not enough though, this morning an excellent trailer for the film has emerged. Christmas has come early! Electronic music heavy and pounding with neon lights, this is a departure from the muted To the Wonder. Look out for appearances from Jason Clarke, Teresa Palmer, Imogen Poots, and Antonio Banderas, among a bunch of others. And yes, Emmanuel Lubezki (The Tree of LifeGravity) has done the cinematography on this one too. Enjoy.

UPDATE: There’s now a full plot synopsis for the film.

Once there was a young prince whose father, the king of the East, sent him down into Egypt to find a pearl. But when the prince arrived, the people poured him a cup. Drinking it, he forgot he was the son of a king, forgot about the pearl and fell into a deep sleep.

Rick’s (Christian Bale) father used to read this story to him as a boy.

The road to the East stretches out before him. Will he set forth?

via. The FIlm Stage

45 Years

United Kingdom

By Andrew Haigh (Weekend)

With Charlotte Rampling, Tom Courtenay

World premiere

Als wir träumten (As We Were Dreaming)

Germany / France

By Andreas Dresen (Grill Point, Cloud 9, Stopped on Track)

With Merlin Rose, Julius Nitschkoff, Joel Basman, Marcel Heuperman, Frederic Haselon, Ruby O. Fee

World premiere



By Kenneth Branagh (Hamlet)

With Cate Blanchett, Lily James, Richard Madden, Stellan Skarsgård, Holliday Grainger, Sophie McShera, Derek Jacobi und Helena Bonham Carter

International premiere – Out of competition

Eisenstein in Guanajuato

The Netherlands / Mexico / Belgium / Finland

By Peter Greenaway (The Tulse Luper Suitcases)

With Elmer Bäck, Luis Alberti

World premiere
Ixcanul (Ixcanul Volcano)

Guatemala / France

By Jayro Bustamante

With María Mercedes Coroy, María Telón, Manuel Antún, Justo Lorenzo, Marvin Coroy

World premiere – Debut feature

Knight of Cups


By Terrence Malick (The Thin Red Line)

With Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman

World premiere


Pod electricheskimi oblakami (Under Electric Clouds)

Russian Federation / Ukraine / Poland

By Alexey German (Paper Soldier)

With Lui Frank, Merab Ninidze, Viktoriya Korotkova, Chulpan Khamatova, Anastasiya Melnikova, Piotr Gasowski

World premiere


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