The Tree of Life (film)

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The Tree of Life is a 2011 American experimental epic drama film written and directed by Terrence Malick and featuring a cast of Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Hunter McCracken, Laramie Eppler, Jessica Chastain, and Tye Sheridan in his debut feature film role.wikipedia
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Terrence Malick

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The Tree of Life is a 2011 American experimental epic drama film written and directed by Terrence Malick and featuring a cast of Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Hunter McCracken, Laramie Eppler, Jessica Chastain, and Tye Sheridan in his debut feature film role. Terrence Malick pitched the concept of The Tree of Life to River Road Entertainment head Bill Pohlad while the two were collaborating on an early version of Che.
He returned to directing with films such as The Thin Red Line (1998), The New World (2005), and The Tree of Life (2011), being awarded the Golden Bear at the 49th Berlin International Film Festival and the Palme d'Or at the 64th Cannes Film Festival, respectively.

2011 Cannes Film Festival

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After several years in development and missing its planned 2009 and 2010 release dates, The Tree of Life premiered in competition at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, where it was awarded the Palme d'Or.
The American film The Tree of Life, directed by Terrence Malick won the Palme d'Or.

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The Tree of Life is a 2011 American experimental epic drama film written and directed by Terrence Malick and featuring a cast of Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Hunter McCracken, Laramie Eppler, Jessica Chastain, and Tye Sheridan in his debut feature film role.
He produced The Departed (2006) and 12 Years a Slave (2013), both of which won the Academy Award for Best Picture, and also The Tree of Life (2011), Moneyball, and The Big Short (2015), all of which garnered Best Picture nominations.

Jessica Chastain

The Tree of Life is a 2011 American experimental epic drama film written and directed by Terrence Malick and featuring a cast of Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Hunter McCracken, Laramie Eppler, Jessica Chastain, and Tye Sheridan in his debut feature film role.
Chastain made her film debut in the drama Jolene (2008), and gained wide recognition in 2011 for starring roles in half a dozen films, including the dramas Take Shelter and The Tree of Life.

Tye Sheridan

The Tree of Life is a 2011 American experimental epic drama film written and directed by Terrence Malick and featuring a cast of Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Hunter McCracken, Laramie Eppler, Jessica Chastain, and Tye Sheridan in his debut feature film role.
Sheridan made his feature film debut in Terrence Malick's experimental drama film The Tree of Life (2011) and had his first leading role in Jeff Nichols's film Mud (2012).

Kari Matchett

She has appeared in films such as Apartment Hunting (2000), Angel Eyes (2001), Men with Brooms (2002), Cypher (2002), Civic Duty (2006), The Tree of Life (2011), and Maudie (2016).

Sean Penn

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The Tree of Life is a 2011 American experimental epic drama film written and directed by Terrence Malick and featuring a cast of Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Hunter McCracken, Laramie Eppler, Jessica Chastain, and Tye Sheridan in his debut feature film role.
He co-starred in the drama The Tree of Life (2011), which won the Palme d'Or at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.

Sarah Green (film producer)

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During a meeting on a different subject involving Malick, his producer Sarah Green, Brad Pitt, and Pitt's Plan B Entertainment production partner Dede Gardner, Malick brought up Tree of Life and the difficulties it was having getting made.
On January 24, 2012, she was nominated for an Academy Award for the film The Tree of Life.

Dede Gardner

During a meeting on a different subject involving Malick, his producer Sarah Green, Brad Pitt, and Pitt's Plan B Entertainment production partner Dede Gardner, Malick brought up Tree of Life and the difficulties it was having getting made.
Her films, Selma, The Tree of Life, The Big Short, and Vice were additionally nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.

Jack Fisk

In an October 2008 interview Jack Fisk, a longtime Malick collaborator, suggested that the director was attempting something radical.
As a production designer, he is known for his collaborations with Terrence Malick, designing all of his eight films including; Badlands (1973), Days of Heaven (1978), The Thin Red Line (1998) and The Tree of Life (2011).

Grant Hill (producer)

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Producer Grant Hill was also involved with the film at an early stage.
He received a similar nomination for 2011's The Tree of Life.

Donald Rosenfeld

The Tree of Life was announced in late 2005, with Indian production company Percept Picture Company set to finance it and Donald Rosenfeld on board as executive producer.
His films, Color of a Brisk and Leaping Day, as well as Forty Shades of Blue won the top prize at the Sundance Film Festival; and, The Tree of Life, directed by Terrence Malick, won the top prize at the 64th Cannes Film Festival.

Douglas Trumbull

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After nearly thirty years away from Hollywood, famed special effects supervisor Douglas Trumbull contributed to the visual effects work on The Tree of Life.
He contributed to, or was responsible for, the special photographic effects of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Blade Runner and The Tree of Life, and directed the movies Silent Running and Brainstorm.

Joanna Going

She also appeared opposite Sean Penn in the 2011 film The Tree of Life, her first role in a major motion picture since 2003's Runaway Jury.

Bill Pohlad

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Terrence Malick pitched the concept of The Tree of Life to River Road Entertainment head Bill Pohlad while the two were collaborating on an early version of Che.
On January 24, 2012, he was nominated for an Academy Award (as producer) for the film The Tree of Life.

Plan B Entertainment

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During a meeting on a different subject involving Malick, his producer Sarah Green, Brad Pitt, and Pitt's Plan B Entertainment production partner Dede Gardner, Malick brought up Tree of Life and the difficulties it was having getting made.

Palme d'Or

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After several years in development and missing its planned 2009 and 2010 release dates, The Tree of Life premiered in competition at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, where it was awarded the Palme d'Or.

Academy Award for Best Picture

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The Tree of Life received three Oscar nominations: Best Picture, Best Director and Best Cinematography.

Bastrop, Texas

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Locations included Smithville, Houston, Matagorda, Bastrop, Austin, Dallas, and Malick's hometown of Waco.
Filmed in and near Bastrop were The Life of David Gale with Kevin Spacey and Kate Winslet, Michael 1996 with John Travolta, Andie MacDowell and William Hurt, Hope Floats 1998 With Sandra Bullock and Harry Connick Jr., True Women 1998 (TV movie) with Angelina Jolie, Dana Delany, and Michael York, The Tree of Life 2010 with Brad Pitt and Sean Penn, and Bernie 2010 with Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, and Matthew McConaughey.

Book of Job

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The film begins with a quotation from the Book of Job: "Where were you when I laid the foundations of the Earth?... When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?"
Terrence Malick's 2011 film The Tree of Life, which won the Palme d'Or, is heavily influenced by the themes of the Book of Job, as the film starts with a quote from the beginning of God's speech to Job.

Voyage of Time

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The IMAX film has been revealed to be Voyage of Time, a documentary expanding on the "history of the universe" scenes in The Tree of Life, which the producers decided to focus on releasing at a later date so as not to cannibalize its release.
Malick ended up walking away from the project, though elements and footage from Q were later utilized for The Tree of Life (2011), and Voyage of Time. Brad Pitt was confirmed to narrate the film in 2009, while Cate Blanchett joined in 2014.

Smithville, Texas

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Locations included Smithville, Houston, Matagorda, Bastrop, Austin, Dallas, and Malick's hometown of Waco.

Days of Heaven

The similarity of the scenes Fink describes to descriptions of a hugely ambiguous project entitled Q that Malick worked on soon after Days of Heaven led to speculation that The Tree of Life is a resurrection of that abandoned project.
He tried developing another project for Paramount, but after a substantial amount of work, he abandoned it.