We got our first glimpse of Terrence Malick’s latest film Knight of Cups back in December with the release of the first trailer [watch it here], and with the Berlin premiere less than a week away a lengthy new synopsis has arrived online…
Rick is a slave to the Hollywood system. He is addicted to success but simultaneously despairs at the emptiness of his life. He is at home in a world of illusions but seeks real life. Like the tarot card of the title, Rick is easily bored and needs outside stimulation. But the Knight of Cups is also an artist, a romantic and an adventurer.
In Terrence Malick’s seventh film a gliding camera once again accompanies a tormented hero on his search for meaning. Once again a voiceover is laid over images which also seek their own authenticity. And once again Malick seems to put the world out of joint. His symphonic flow of images contrasts cold, functional architecture with the ageless beauty of nature. Rick’s internal monologue coalesces with the voices of the women who cross his path, women who represent different principles in life: while one lives in the real world, the other embodies beauty and sensuality. Which path will Rick choose? In the city of angels and the desert that surrounds it, will he find his own way?
Knight of Cups stars Christian Bale (Exodus: Gods and Kings), Natalie Portman (Thor: The Dark World), Cate Blanchett (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies), Isabel Lucas (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen), Antonio Banderas (The Skin I Live In), Wes Bentley (Interstellar), Imogen Poots (The Look of Love), Freida Pinto (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies), Ryan O’Neal (Bones), Jason Clarke (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Joe Manganiello (True Blood), Joel Kinnaman (The Killing), Shea Whigham (Agent Carter) and Ben Kingsley (Iron Man 3).