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Exclusive: Clip From Terrence Malick Produced Sundance Film 'The Better Angels' Sees A Great Future For Abe Lincoln

by Kevin Jagernauth
January 15, 2014 11:08 AM
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The Better Angels

While Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" showed us the president as an already great man striving to do good in a country divided by war and race, the forthcoming Sundance drama "The Better Angels" will look at the events that turned him into one of the most iconic leaders in American history. And under the guidance of producer Terrence Malick, it's sure to be something very special.

Directed by A.J. Edwards  (who worked on "The New World," "The Tree of Life" and "To the Wonder"), the film is set in the early 1800’s and chronicles three years in the young life of Abraham Lincoln, the tragedy that shaped him and the women who guided him. And in this exclusive clip, we see teacher Mr. Crawford (played by Wes Bentley) share with Abe's mother (Diane Kruger) his view that the young man is already destined for things that will take him far beyond the wilderness of Indiana. It's an interesting tease of the film that looks to be painting a unique portrait of one the country's most beloved presidents.

Co-starring Jason Clarke, Brit Marling and Braydon Denney,"The Better Angels" screens this weekend at the Sundance Film Festival. Watch below.

Better Angels

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  • Hudson Valley Film Commission | January 18, 2014 11:09 AMReply

    The stark wilderness of Indiana in THE BETTER ANGELS was filmed in the Hudson Valley and is one of FIVE feature films shot in the region world premiering at Sundance. Read about them all at

  • VJ | January 15, 2014 12:50 PMReply

    I don't think anyone would mistake this for a Malick film if they didn't know. Maybe a little influenced by him, but the slow zooming in and out of the camera is not something that Malick would do.

  • A. | January 15, 2014 11:14 AMReply

    It's maybe AJ Edwards the director, but Malick was probably not very far in the editing room...

  • Ohno | January 15, 2014 3:40 PM

    "What Jason Clarke said is probably questionable"??? So INDERWELTSEIN U4, you're saying you know better than an actor who worked on this film?

  • inderweltsein | January 15, 2014 3:11 PM

    I'm afraid what Jason Clarke said is probably questionable, as A.J. Edwards screenplay is offically based on a 2008 book. But admittedly, that does not remove the possibility that it is inspired by both this book and some unknown Malick work.. it just makes it more uncertain.

  • A. | January 15, 2014 2:29 PM

    I know AJ Edwards was editor on To the wonder. It's still unclear what involvement Malick had in this apart from producer. Jason Clarke said in an old interview (on indiewire) that it's a project Malick was working on for like 20 years... So it must be as important for Malick than for Edwards...

  • B. | January 15, 2014 12:54 PM

    It was edited by one of Malick's editors.

  • Enrique | January 15, 2014 11:37 AM

    Just what I though, it looks very Malicky! Hopefully it will be able to stand on its own feet. Anyway I'm intrigued.

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