At this point, nothing would shock me.
Over the weekend, we found out, thanks to the Telluride Twitter account, that one Brad Pitt was taking in the sights and sounds of the beloved festival. However, with no film to promote, at least on the list of films showing, people began to postulate as to why he would be there, and one film kept coming up: The Tree Of Life.
Apparently the film has screened for attendees at a ‘secret screening,’ and according to reports, the film is in fact complete, and still clocking in at 3 hours in length. A shorter cut of the film has been rumored, but nothing has yet been confirmed.
However, that didn’t come to fruition.
Well, according to the Austin Chronicle, don’t be shocked if the film premieres at this year’s Fantastic Fest.
The outlet rightly connects the production of the film, held in Smithville, which is a hop, skip and a jump away from Austin, where Fantastic Fest is held, to the festival, which isn’t new to premiering massively hyped epics. The festival may not be as hyped as those like Venice, Telluride, Toronto or Cannes, they have played home to rather big films, like There Will Be Blood, which held its world premiere at the festival. Toss in the fact that Malick has his home in Austin and Ain’t It Cool News founder Harry Knowles as the festival’s programmer, and anything is really possible.
Personally, while I don’t know if I would go so far as to say that the film will for sure end up showing at the film, it is not out of the realm of possibility. Malick has a lot of love for Austin, and if Knowles wants to make his festival the talk of the cinematic landscape, after both Telluride and Toronto, he makes sure that this happens. This is far and away the biggest film of the fall season, and one that doesn’t seem to have a certified release date yet. It looks more and more likely that the film will hit this year, but when, is up in the air.
Do you think Tree Of Life will hit at Fantastic Fest?
Source: Austin Chronicle