BERLIN (dpa) – Legendary US director Terrence Malick returns to Berlin on Sunday with his much-anticipated new film about the perils of modern-day Hollywood, Knight of Cups.
Starring Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett and Natalie Portman, Malick’s film focuses on a scriptwriter struggling to make sense of the excesses of life in Los Angeles as well as the level of fame that can be achieved as a result of a successful career in Tinseltown.
But one of the great questions of this year’s festival is whether the notoriously reclusive Malick, who won the Golden Bear in 1999 for his World War II drama The Thin Red Line, will be there in person for the premiere of his film.
Despite a career spanning four decades, the 71-year-old Malick has not given an interview about his movies since the early 1970s.
Seven years after The Thin Red Line, the Berlinale screened Malick’s The New World about the United States’ early beginnings in the 17th century. The movie was shown out of competition, which meant it was not in the running for any awards.
In 2011, Malick won the Cannes Film Festival’s iconic Palme d’Or for his film The Tree of Life – more than 30 years after he was awarded Cannes’ best director prize for his second feature film, Days of Heaven.
But after directing only six films between 1973 and 2012, the 71-year-old Malick has quickened the pace in recent years.
Named after the tarot card that indicates youth, transition and conflict, Knight of Cups is one of three films Malick currently has in the pipeline.