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BFI Southbank Showcase Of Terrence Malick

Written by: FFT Webmaster | August 24th, 2011

The BFI Southbank, the premiere film theater complex in the U.K., will present the full body of work of iconic American director Terrence Malick next month. The director himself may or may not appear, but his season of films that have made him modern American cinema’s great poet-philosopher, will be in glorious display. Malick is very much of the moment. His mesmerizing meditation on life and death, THE TREE OF LIFE, which won the prestigious Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, has held on screens for several months now, continuing to intrigue international audiences. The series will include his critically lauded youth crime drama BADLANDS (1974), with stellar early performances by Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek, and a new digital restoration of DAYS OF HEAVEN (1978), his moody and beautiful meditation on the American dream, with Oscar-winning cinematography by Nestor Almendros. Only making five films over the course of a 40 year career makes this a short season, but an intriguing one. Other Malick treasures on tap include the sprawling World War II epic THE THIN RED LINE (1998), with an all-star cast that includes Sean Penn, James Caviezel, Nick Nolte, Elias Koteas and John Cusack; and the “director’s cut” version of THE NEW WORLD, the director’s highly visual interpretation of paradise lost with a memorable cast that includes Q’orianka Kilcher, Colin Farrell and Christian Bale. For more information, visit: www.bfi.org.uk

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