Film fans have been wondering what Austin director Terrence Malick’s “Knight of Cups” is all about.
The highly secretive director hasn’t given many clues, but the questions will be answered Feb. 8, when “Knight of Cups” makes its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival.
Publicists sent an email to me today giving this synopsis for the film, which stars Christian Bale, Natalie Portman and Cate Blanchett. “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.”
Hmm. That clears things up, doesn’t it?
Publicity materials indicate that Malick will not be available for interviews or for the press conference on Feb. 8 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Berlin. But Bale and Portman are expected to show up.
The running time is 118 minutes, far shorter than usual Malick fare. So we’ll see how things shake out. Stay tuned.