You could hardly ask for a better cast than writer-director Terrence Malick has assembled for his new film “Song to Song,” which opens March 17 (watch the new trailer above). It stars current Oscar nominees Natalie Portman (“Jackie”) and Ryan Gosling (“La La Land”) in addition to recent Oscar contenders Rooney Mara (“Carol”) and Michael Fassbender (“Steve Jobs”). Those four are featured prominently in the trailer, but the film also includes Oscar champs Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett. Quite an embarrassment of riches.
The film will premiere at the South by Southwest festival for film, music and media on March 10 in advance of its theatrical release, and that sounds like just the right place for it. Like the festival, the film’s story is set amid the rock music scene in Austin, Texas, and tells the stories of interconnected couples: songwriters Faye and BV (Mara and Gosling), and music mogul Cook and a waitress he falls for (Fassbender and Portman).
Malick movies used to be few and far between. He made two feature films in the 1970s — “Badlands” (1973) and “Days of Heaven” (1978) — but then made us wait 20 years before his next film, the Oscar nominated “The Thin Red Line” (1998). Since then he has quickened his pace, making “The New World” (2005) seven years later and another Oscar nominee, “The Tree of Life” (2011), six years after that. He made two more films in relatively quick succession — “To the Wonder” (2012) and “Knight of Cups” (2015), but those films didn’t recapture the critical success of his earlier beloved films.
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