According to the Venice Film Festival site, "To The Wonder" will run 112 minutes, marking the first time Malick has stayed under two hours since his first two features. Of course, this has zero bearing on the quality of the film, but it is interesting to note, particularly to those who feel the director has become indulgent in the second wave of his career. However, as with all things Malick, the runtime is subject to change. In fact, the first cut of "The New World" that screened for press ran 150 minutes before being trimmed down for the theatrical release, and frankly, Malick could choose to continue tinkering with "To The Wonder" if he felt like it. The movie is still seeking a U.S. distributor, and despite footage screening for buyers, no rush has been made to sign contracts, and if he still feels like he wants to tweak it, he can.
And while talking about the running time for Malick's film seems uber-nerdy, given the secrecy around his movies, it's all we have to go on. Of course, we know that the story centers on a man (Ben Affleck) who goes to Paris, meets a European woman (Olga Kurylenko), returns home to Oklahoma and marries her, only for the relationship to fall apart. But, he winds up rekindling a romance with a hometown girl (Rachel McAdams) with whom he's had a long history. However, what some folks have forgotten is that over a year ago, it was said that "To The Wonder" would be even more "experimental" than "The Tree Of Life." Of course, that's pretty vague, but with movie spending over a year in post-production (reshoots and additional photography wrapped in the spring of 2011) who knows if he's CGI-ed in some dinosaurs and set the whole thing to a Bartok score.
We'll find out in a few weeks when the Venice Film Festival kicks off on August 29th.