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Feb 21 17 12:58 AM
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Mar 10 17 6:57 PM
'Song To Song' Returns To Austin With SXSW 2017 Premiere
The movie, shot at Austin City Limits, will make an impact at the city's other big event.
The new music drama from Terrence Malick, 'Song To Song' starring Michael Fassbender, is set to premiere on the opening night of the 2017 SXSW Festival this weekend, celebrating the Austin music aesthetic that the movie is all about and setting the course for a phenomenal event.
Austin, Texas is one of the greatest cities for music in the world, playing host to two major music festivals each year; SXSW and Austin City Limits. It so happens that filmmaker Terrence Malick shot his latest movie 'Song To Song' at the latter in 2012, and they are bringing it back to Austin with a screening at the 24th edition of SXSW today (March 10th 2017).
Michael Fassbender, Rooney Mara, Ryan Gosling and Natalie Portman star in this film about some budding musicians that get caught up in kind of love 'quadrangle' as they chase the success on the horizon. Terrence wanted a very raw musical outlook for the movie, and the only way they could achieve that was by bringing the story to the Austin City Limits stage.
'Because it was always intended and conceived of as a live music film, in some ways, you just can't replicated that production value', says producer Ken Kao.
Michael Fassbender confessed that it was a bizarre turn of events bringing the entire cast and crew to the event. 'It's a kind of very mad band of film crew', he recalls. 'They're kinda like pirates running around, they're getting moments of chaos where something's gonna happen.'
The film features cameos from a number of real-life musicians including Iggy Pop, Florence and the Machine, Big Freedia, Patti Smith, Die Antwoord, Neon Indian, John Lydon, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Lykke Li. Black Lips also have a major part in the movie as Rooney Mara's character's band. There was little acting involved on their part though, as they were all asked to just be themselves. 'Terry said that in this film you're supposed to just be the truth', said Lykke Li. 'So don't act.'
More: Watch the 'Song To Song' featurette and movie clip
Despite this, the music stars still made quite the impact with their on-set antics. 'The musicians are so at ease being on camera as extreme characters', says Natalie Portman. 'It's great to have that colour in the film.'
'Song To Song' hits theatres on March 17th 2017.
Mar 11 17 12:22 PM
Christian Bale, Benicio del Toro, Haley Bennett All Cut From Terrence Malick’s ‘Song to Song’ at SXSW
Terrence Malick’s long-awaited love poem “Song to Song” is not hurting for famous faces — the cast includes Ryan Gosling, Natalie Portman and other Oscar-winning actors — but several equally-famous stars got the famous Malick chop in the editing room.
Christian Bale was absent from the nearly two-hour film when it screened at opening night at the South by Southwest Film Festival. Benicio del Toro and Haley Bennett, who were reported as part of the cast six years ago, were also nowhere to be found.
Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, Michael Fassbender, Natalie Portman and Cate Blanchett star in Malick’s Austin-based drama, shot mostly in 2011 — but billed cast member Bale did not appear.
Six years ago Bale shot on location for nearly four weeks, one individual familiar with the project said, but soon broke away to ramp up promotion for his final Batman film “The Dark Knight Rises.”
Fassbender’s character, a toxic music executive, was said to be so similar to Bale that no one was sure if he would be included at all, the insider added. The press-shy director, who lives in Austin, does not share details of his movies with the public in advance.
Malick famously cut Adrien Brody down from the lead of his 1998 war drama “The Thin Red Line” to a small supporting role, and eliminated almost all evidence of George Clooney and Mickey Rourke in the same project.
Other actors in the initial casting announcements for “Song to Song” included del Toro, who also shot with Malick, and “Girl on the Train” star Haley Bennett did not surface in the cut screened on Friday night.
The film, one of the more structured works from meandering works of Malick, was a gorgeously-shot love letter to the liberal Texas city.
While short on some movie stars, the film was heavy on cameos from legendary musicians, including Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Val Kilmer and members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, all of whom popped up to interact with the actors in character. Malick used the annual Austin City Limits concert festival to shoot many of his scenes.
“Song to Song” is a loosely-told love triangle set against the music business, starring Mara as the ingenue, Faye, caught between her love for Gosling and her desire for Fassbender. Broad Green Pictures will roll the film out in limited release on March 17
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Mar 12 17 3:13 AM
SXSW: Gorgeous opening night film sees several stars get the famous Malick chop
Six years ago Bale shot on location for nearly four weeks,
one individual familiar with the project said, but soon broke away to
ramp up promotion for his final Batman film “The Dark Knight Rises.”
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Fassbender’s character, a toxic music executive, was said to
be so similar to Bale that no one was sure if he would be included at
all, the insider added. The press-shy director, who lives in Austin,
does not share details of his movies with the public in advance.
The film, one of the more structured works from meandering
works of Malick, was a gorgeously-shot love letter to the liberal Texas
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While short on some movie stars, the film was heavy on cameos from legendary musicians, including Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Val Kilmer
and members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, all of whom popped up to
interact with the actors in character. Malick used the annual Austin
City Limits concert festival to shoot many of his scenes.
“Song to Song” is a loosely-told love triangle set against
the music business, starring Mara as the ingenue, Faye, caught between
her love for Gosling and her desire for Fassbender. Broad Green Pictures
will roll the film out in limited release on March 17.
what a shame. But not surprising.
Mar 17 17 8:50 AM
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Mar 20 17 5:34 PM
Malick's Song to Song opened the 2017 SXSW Film Festival, and as usual, the reclusive filmmaker was nowhere to be seen. But the next morning, Malick joined “Song to Song” star Michael Fassbender to discuss the film. A Malick sighting is a big deal in itself: The filmmaker has a well-earned reputation for being press-shy, and hasn’t done interviews in decades.
On Saturday, however, Malick offered a surprisingly deep dive into his process, guided along by director, moderator, longtime friend, and evident super-fan Richard Linklater.
“You can’t live in Austin and escape the music,” said Malick about making his new film set against the city’smusic scene.
The director, who often sets his movies in the past, admitted he was concerned about setting a film in the modern day.
“I remember feeling timid about it because it’s hard to project yourself into the present,” he said. “I think making a contemporary film you think about what images haven’t been used in advertising … but what you come see is there is as many images today as there was in the past.”
Linklater kept returning to this idea: Over Malick’s last three films, “To the Wonder,” “Knight of Cups,” and now “Song to Song,” Malick is reaching for something different in his approach to filmmaking. Malick agreed that there was some truth to this takeaway, but that his progress is largely due to technology. He could never have shot so many locations, he said, if it weren’t for the new digital cameras that allow him to film all the time.
“These days, with modern technology, you can shoot a lot in 40 days,” said Malick, who admitted his first cut of “Song to Song” was eight hours long. “It took a long time to cut it down to a manageable length … We had enough footage to tell the story from different perspectives.”
Fassbender said the shoot was so demanding that he doesn’t know if the cast could handle more than 40 days. Unlike a normal film, there’s no down time.
“If we are driving to a location, we are shooting on the way there,” said Fassbender.
Ultimately, the discussion focused on Malick’s process of searching and exploring in the act of shooting. Malick said that his famed cameraman Emmanuel Lubezki has given him the nickname of apuntador, which is a job title on Mexican soap operas: It’s the person who tells the cast what happens next in the scene.
“I have trouble working off things that are too preconceived, like storyboards,” said Malick. “When things become too prepared, the life comes out of it. I think you work this way, Rick.” (Linklater replied, “Not this hardcore. That’s why I’m so intrigued.”)
Later, Fassbender chimed in that Malick’s search for something new, and dismissing anything contrived and conventional, was an incredible discipline. Although, he admitted, it could be frustrating.
“I’ll be acting my socks off, and you turn around and Terry is filming a beetle,” said Fassbender.
Malick admitted there was a downside to his approach: Editing takes a very long time. “You never know at the end of the day what you got,” said Malick. “The editing takes longer than you thought. So you have to ask the patience of the studios and financiers, sometimes more than once.”
Malick had difficulty formulating his thoughts about what he was trying to say about modern alienation in “Song to Song,” but indicated it had to do with the desire to shed the modern-day oversaturation of stimuli. He revealed the original title was “Weightless,” based on the Virginia Woolf quote, which in an early cut had its own title card.
Woolf wrote,”How can I proceed now, I said, without a self, weightless and visionless, through a world weightless, without illusion?”
At the end of the talk, Malick returned to what he was aiming for in “Song to Song.”
“I think you want to make it feel to like they’re just bits and pieces of [the characters’] lives,” he said. “It goes to that quotation that can you live in this world just moment to moment, song to song, kiss to kiss, as she [Rooney Mara’s character] says and try to create these different moods for yourself and go through the world as in that [Virginia Woolf] quote, ‘without a self,’ … and living one desire to the next, and where does that lead, what happens to you in that sort of [life of moments]… It’s a hard thing to convey and we didn’t know how, so doing lots of locations and lots of songs was our best guess about how to do that.”
March 22, 2017 07:33:59
March 22, 2017 18:54:12
You're welcome Luna!
I think you are right, but I suppose that actors should know how this director works and the risk they take by acting in non leading roles in one of his movies...
March 22, 2017 22:30:49
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