Terrence Malick’s Knight Of Cups Reveals First Trailer, Synopsis And Premiere Date


Terrence Malick’s forthcoming drama, Knight Of Cups, was first announced three years ago and now, in the space of a few hours, we’ve a wealth of new information on the highly-anticipated movie. Earlier today, the film appeared on the listing for next year’s Berlin Film Festival, signifying that its worldwide premiere will take place at some point during the festival’s run. Now, Film Nation has released a trailer to mark that imminent debut, along with a cryptic synopsis.

Malick’s notoriety surrounding his process – finding the film in the edit – has long-since left many actors disappointed to find their best work on the cutting room floor. However, this trailer suggests the auteur is making the most of his high-profile cast to demonstrate an ambitious piece that revolves around Christian Bale’s Rick.

Judging by this extensive preview alone, it’s perhaps his most un-Malick film content-wise, as it implements a lot of techniques that the director normally eschews. Go Pro cameras? Raves? Well, this is an expose of the Hollywood life, so it stands to reason the content should inform the method.

You can check out the full trailer for yourself above, and the first enigmatic synopsis below, before letting us know your thoughts on the first look at Malick’s latest outing.

“Once there was a young prince whose father, the king of the East, sent him down into Egypt to find a pearl. But when the prince arrived, the people poured him a cup. Drinking it, he forgot he was the son of a king, forgot about the pearl and fell into a deep sleep. Rick’s father used to read this story to him as a boy. The road to the East stretches out before him. Will he set forth?”

Also starring Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Brian Dennehy, Antonio Banderas, Freida Pinto, Wes Bentley, Isabel Lucas, Teresa Palmer, Imogen Poots, Armin Mueller-Stahl and Ben Kingsley, Knight Of Cups will premiere at the Berlin Film Festival with a US release expected sometime next year.