A Hidden Life (Terrence Malick, 2019)

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Re: A Hidden Life (Terrence Malick, 2019)

#101 Post by Persona » Wed May 22, 2019 1:12 pm

domino harvey wrote:
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I don’t see how else to read furbicide’s response under the excerpt they posted, but I welcome clarification if that was not their intent
I took it as furbicide presenting the excerpt with the sort of understood implication that IF it's a fair representation of the film and how it uses language, then it's a problematic choice.

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Re: A Hidden Life (Terrence Malick, 2019)

#102 Post by FrauBlucher » Wed May 22, 2019 5:31 pm

I’m another one with waning excitement. I hope my new found skepticism is short term.

The Fox Searchlight amount is crazy surprising. A 3 hour film about a pacifist Austrian farmer during WWII directed by one of the most artistically divisive directors out there. Wow. Can’t wait for the publicity angle. Would love to hear how those negotiations went.


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Re: A Hidden Life (Terrence Malick, 2019)

#103 Post by domino harvey » Wed May 22, 2019 6:47 pm

FS must be confident in its awards prospects to throw that kind of money around, especially since I don’t think any of Malick’s recent films with big names like Ben Affleck, Ryan Gosling, Natalie Portman, &c made very much money. At least with Tree of Life they could put Brad Pitt and Sean Penn on the poster, who is even in this that average moviegoers would know?

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#104 Post by Finch » Wed May 22, 2019 7:49 pm

^ At best, I imagine Bruno Ganz from Downfall and even that's probably a stretch.

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Re: A Hidden Life (Terrence Malick, 2019)

#105 Post by Finch » Wed May 22, 2019 7:53 pm

Re the $12m winning offer, perhaps Amazon were among the bidders and Fox Searchlight had to dig deeper into their pockets than they might have otherwise?

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#106 Post by domino harvey » Wed May 22, 2019 7:54 pm

Yeah, I imagine they must have had competition that drove the price up, hard to imagine that was the opening offer. Not sure who else would be bidding so much, though-- maybe Netflix looking for another prestige title this year?

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#107 Post by Finch » Wed May 22, 2019 8:10 pm

I believe the 12-14m does cover some international rights (including, presumably, the UK and other English-language countries) but even so, this does feel like at the high end of sale figures. Weren't there some raised eyebrows at Amazon spending $14m for a comedy (Late Show) at Sundance in January? That's why I'm thinking FS had to have had competing bids from at least one streamer as I can't imagine any traditional distributor spending these figures on a single title, let alone a film like this one, in a theatrical market that's ever more difficult to navigate. If you read, say, Tom Bruggemann's box office analysis of arthouse titles over at Indiewire every Sunday, almost every niche film is struggling(or has been for some time) to attract an audience UNLESS it's had sensational reviews and/or increasing/sustained advance buzz or it's a documentary with an appealing topic like last year's Free Solo or Neon's Franklin concert doc Amazing Grace which is currently holding decently. FS must be feeling very confident about their marketing and the prospects for this (though to be fair, Sony released the three hour German language film Never Look Away to respectable results earlier this year or late last year, I don't remember exactly, but again, the Oscar nomination must have helped attract and sustain interest).

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Re: A Hidden Life (Terrence Malick, 2019)

#108 Post by furbicide » Wed May 22, 2019 8:35 pm

Persona wrote:
Wed May 22, 2019 1:12 pm
domino harvey wrote:
Wed May 22, 2019 12:55 pm
I don’t see how else to read furbicide’s response under the excerpt they posted, but I welcome clarification if that was not their intent
I took it as furbicide presenting the excerpt with the sort of understood implication that IF it's a fair representation of the film and how it uses language, then it's a problematic choice.
Yeah, not sure where 'writing off all Germans' came from when the hero of the film is meant to be Germanic himself?! Unless there's a reason to think that Nick James is badly misrepresenting the scene that he is describing (and I'm not sure why anyone would expect that to be the case; does he have a track record of doing such things?), then I don't see why we need to be coy about drawing some conclusions from his review.

If you disagree about that, then I hope we can at least agree on a hypothetical level why making sympathetic German/Austrian characters speak English and bad German/Austrian characters speak German would be an offensive decision, in that such a technique plays into old racist Hollywood representations of antagonists as 'villainous foreigner' caricatures, along with broader societal xenophobic tropes about the foreign tongue as dangerous or untrustworthy, and so on.

That's a risk in any film that sets up such a divide, but if the English-speaking protagonist were supposed to be, say, French, at least it would be somewhat artistically justified (as a way of authentically representing the character's own experience of inability to understand what is being said, etc.). This technique – as described – just seems gratuitous and thoughtless, however.

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Re: A Hidden Life (Terrence Malick, 2019)

#109 Post by Cde. » Thu May 23, 2019 2:34 am

Have to agree that bad or angry characters speak German and everything else is English sounds like a choice that's very beneath Malick.
But maybe it's representative of an approach that is seen as very commercially viable.
domino harvey wrote:
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Yeah, I imagine they must have had competition that drove the price up, hard to imagine that was the opening offer. Not sure who else would be bidding so much, though-- maybe Netflix looking for another prestige title this year?
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Focus, Paramount, Sony Pictures Classics, A24 and Netflix were all interested.
This has to be a really commercial film by Malick's standards, or else they all saw a way to sell it.
It also has a very mainstream oriented distributor in France.
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Re: A Hidden Life (Terrence Malick, 2019)

#110 Post by Oedipax » Thu May 23, 2019 2:52 am

I'm loathe to weigh in before seeing the film, but I seriously doubt Malick personally has that schematic idea of German language = evil in mind, seeing as he is fluent in German and even translated some Heidegger.

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Re: A Hidden Life (Terrence Malick, 2019)

#111 Post by furbicide » Thu May 23, 2019 3:33 am

My presumption is that it'd probably be less about his own personal prejudices or ideas than about what he believes his audience will comprehend / respond to. But of course it's impossible to know his precise motivations unless he's asked about this topic or chooses to address it himself.

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Re: A Hidden Life (Terrence Malick, 2019)

#114 Post by FrauBlucher » Tue Aug 13, 2019 11:40 am

That's a terrific trailer. It has me all juiced again after the mixed reviews.

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#115 Post by dda1996a » Tue Aug 13, 2019 11:40 am

Beautiful. Glad to have him sort of back. What are the chances of this being an award player though?

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#116 Post by Cremildo » Tue Aug 13, 2019 11:51 am

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Re: A Hidden Life (Terrence Malick, 2019)

#117 Post by flyonthewall2983 » Tue Aug 13, 2019 11:53 am

dda1996a wrote:
Tue Aug 13, 2019 11:40 am
Beautiful. Glad to have him sort of back. What are the chances of this being an award player though?
I would guess that Disney would want to show it's muscles in this regard and show that Fox Searchlight is a priority, unless they feel something else is worthy of pushing in that direction.

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Re: A Hidden Life (Terrence Malick, 2019)

#118 Post by RIP Film » Tue Aug 13, 2019 12:03 pm

From the opening shots I was expecting more saccharine, wide angle navel gazing but there actually seems to be a narrative there, and a relevant one. Surprised it lacks his usual Hollywood cast, almost mistook the lead for Alexander Skarsgård.

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Re: A Hidden Life (Terrence Malick, 2019)

#119 Post by Luke M » Tue Aug 13, 2019 1:23 pm

Well, this is my must-see of the year. That trailer is hauntingly beautiful.

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#120 Post by mfunk9786 » Tue Aug 13, 2019 3:38 pm

I haven't really liked a Malick film..........................................ever? But this just looks stunning.

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Re: A Hidden Life (Terrence Malick, 2019)

#121 Post by FrauBlucher » Tue Aug 13, 2019 4:02 pm

It will open December 13th. I can’t recall. Did Fox Searchlite shell out all that money before Disney took over Fox? Will Disney give this a real Oscar push?

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Re: A Hidden Life (Terrence Malick, 2019)

#122 Post by domino harvey » Tue Aug 13, 2019 4:03 pm

This looks like every other Malick movie

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#123 Post by tenia » Tue Aug 13, 2019 4:24 pm

From a timeline perspective, IIRC, the movie was reportedly bought for a small fortune at Cannes.

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Re: A Hidden Life (Terrence Malick, 2019)

#124 Post by The Fanciful Norwegian » Tue Aug 13, 2019 4:44 pm

Yes, the Searchlight pickup (which was reportedly worth between $12-14 million) happened the day after the premiere, so well after the Disney buyout was completed. Searchlight is supposedly the only Fox division left mostly untouched, mainly because of its awards track record. (Not that I expect this to last: we already have a report of an executive fretting that Jojo Rabbit might "alienate Disney fans.")

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Re: A Hidden Life (Terrence Malick, 2019)

#125 Post by Finch » Tue Aug 13, 2019 4:53 pm

The poster is very nice; the trailer didn't do much for me personally.

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