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Terrence Malick's 'Voyage of Time' Heads to Cannes -- It's His "Most Ambitious Film to Date"

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood May 13, 2014 at 11:51AM

Ever wonder about Terrence Malick's 30-years-in-the-making "Voyage of Time"? Well, it seems the film will now emerge at the upcoming Cannes market. Wild Bunch and Berlin-based Sophisticated Films are set to present first images from the feature to festival buyers.
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Terrence Malick
Terrence Malick

Ever wonder about Terrence Malick's 30-years-in-the-making "Voyage of Time"? Well, it seems the film will now emerge at the upcoming Cannes market. Wild Bunch and Berlin-based Sophisticated Films are set to present first images from the feature to festival buyers.

With the announcement comes some clarification (though not too much) on what the film is even about. Per Wild Bunch, the film "is a celebration of the earth, displaying the whole of time, from the birth of the universe to its final collapse." And more specifically: it “examines all that went to prepare the miracle that stands before us now. After the nebulae and supernovae, after the lands of lava and smoke, after the elaboration of the first cells, first fish, first amphibians and reptiles, this great wonder!”

The film has come together with the involvement of "leading experts in natural history cinematography" who have been using IMAX cameras to capture the images. Wild Bunch goes so far as to call "Voyage of Time" the mysterious director's "most ambitious film to date."

Though it will be first glimpsed this week, "Voyage of Time" still has another small voyage of time before arriving on the big screen. They're saying it will hit theaters in a feature-length version in 2016, with a 40-minute version in the large format.

Brad Pitt's Plan B is one of the film's producers, leaving Variety to speculate that Pitt may very well narrate the film.

This article is related to: Festivals, Cannes, Cannes Film Festival, Terrence Malick, Terrence Malick


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.