By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS)
After forty years of making spell-binding cinema, American auteur Terrence Malick is premiering his next feature Song to Song in his hometown of Austin, Texas.
And it’s a happy coincidence that the city is also home to SXSW – one of the world’s biggest media festivals. The Badlands director’s latest movie will open the film festival side of the event.
Starring Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, Natalie Portman and Michael Fassbender, the movie is set against the backdrop of the Austin music scene and is a romantic drama centering on two couples.
A brief synopsis describes the picture as a “modern love story set against the Austin music scene, where two entangled couples … chase success through a rock’n’roll landscape of seduction and betrayal”.
In an unusual move for the iconic filmmaker, the movie will also feature musicians Patti Smith, Lykke Li, Iggy Pop and Florence and the Machine. Although fans of Malick’s signature style, which blends incredible cinematography with haunting voiceover, will not be disappointed as Fassbender confirmed he had recorded hours of narration for the project.
Christian Bale, who appeared in the director’s Knight of Cups, was scheduled to star in Song to Song but ended up filming ‘three or four days’ due to scheduling difficulties. There is still no confirmation whether the Oscar-winning actor will be featured in the final edit.
Since completing filming on the project way back in late 2012, Malick has shot and released both Knight of Cups and IMAX documentary Voyage of Time. Malick’s last two feature films To The Wonder and the aforementioned Bale film were both commercial flops which divided critics and fans.
SXSW film festival starts on March 10 and runs until March 18.