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Watch: Mind-Blowing First Trailer for Terrence Malick’s ‘Knight of Cups’

Watch: Mind-Blowing First Trailer for Terrence Malick's 'Knight of Cups'

This is heaven for Malick fans. Set to bow in competition at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival, his long-awaited “Knight of Cups” starring Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett and Natalie Portman has its first trailer—and it’s a dark, crazy ride through Malick-land. This tale of celebrity excess is shot by “Tree of Life,” “Gravity” and “Birdman” DP Emmanuel Lubezki, with gorgeous and surreal images that recall Malick’s “Tree” and “To the Wonder.”

“Knight of Cups” will be Malick’s first trip to Berlin since 1999, when he won the Golden Bear for his WWII epic “The Thin Red Line.” The eclectic cast of “Knight of Cups” may or may not also include Jason Clarke, Wes Bentley, Nick Offerman and Joel Kinnaman, as Malick is notorious from slashing swaths from his films. (Rachel Weisz, Michael Sheen and Amanda Peet were all cut entirely from his divisive 2012 romance “To the Wonder.”)

Here’s the film’s intriguing, slippery synopsis: “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?”

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