The new passion project by Terrence Malick, the film director who has earned cult status with a body of work that includes “Badlands,” “Days of Heaven” and “The Thin Red Line,” received a rousing reception last night at the Venice Film Festival.
Writing on Deadline.com, Nancy Tartaglione reports that Malick’s latest film, the documentary “Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey,” described in the report as the director’s “musing on the universe,” received a 10-minute standing ovation.
“The passion project received largely positive reviews after its first press screenings and one attendee said the reaction to the premiere last night was ‘wild,'” Tartaglione writes. “Producer Sophokles Tasioulis, whose nature doc credits include ‘Earth’ and ‘Deep Blue,’ tells me he thinks the response at the official screening was ‘to how it works on an emotional level. That was our hope.’”
“The film begins with the creation of the universe as the action moves from the cosmos to Earth and its volcanoes, city streets and underwater realms,” the report adds. “Billed as an exploration into our planetary past and a search for humanity’s place in the future, its limited narration is courtesy of Cate Blanchett, who asks a series of open questions to ‘Mother.’ The underwater photography and creatures are particularly astounding.”
The IMAX version of the film is due to be released Oct. 7. Here’s a trailer posted by IMAX …