Director Terrence Malick’s latest cinematic endeavor To the Wonder has been picked up by the folks over at Magnolia Pictures, Cinema Blend is reporting. The film, which stars Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, and Bond villain Javier Bardem, was sure to be a critical darling after its screening at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month. Unfortunately for all involved, most people weren’t impressed by the acclaimed filmmaker’s latest effort. As a result, the picture left the festival without securing a distribution deal.
In an effort to bring Terrence Malick’s To the Wonder to those who would enjoy it most, the flick was picked up by Magnolia Pictures, the company responsible for releasing such edgy motion pictures as Jesus Camp, the original Let the Right One In, the South Korean drama Mother, and Tony Jaa’s hard-hitting martial arts trilogy Ong Bak.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Magnolia Pictures announced on Friday that it had acquired the distribution rights to Terrence Malick’s to the Wonder. President Eamonn Bowles is apparently thrilled with the recent acquisition, calling the movie a “romantic, haunting and beautiful film that will be endlessly rewarding for movie lovers.”
In case you haven’t heard of the film, here’s what it’s about:
“TO THE WONDER tells the story of Marina and Neil (Ben Affleck), who meet in France and move to Oklahoma to start a life together, where problems soon arise. While Marina makes the acquaintance of a priest and fellow exile (Javier Bardem), who is struggling with his vocation, Neil renews a relationship with a childhood sweetheart, Jane (Rachel McAdams). Bold and lyrical,the film is a moving, gorgeously shot exploration of love in its many forms.”
The film, which is virtually dialogue-free, reportedly relies heavily on artsy shots and musical cues to tell its story. Although some people were thrilled with Terrence Malick’s latest cinematic offering, critics and potential distributors alike really didn’t know what to make of the movie.
Are you excited about the upcoming theatrical release of Terrence Malick’s To the Wonder? Were you a fan of the director’s previous endeavor Tree of Life?