Here’s what we know on A.J. Edwards. He’s worked in the editor capacity on The New World and To the Wonder and was an “artistic consultant” on The Tree of Life. The Terrence Malick magic-hour stamp of approval will certainly help along in determining where the formerly titled The Green Blade Rises lands in 2014’s film fest circuit (Malick is among the producers on the film as well) and while I wouldn’t call Park City the lieu for presidential biopics, they are prime place for filmmaker debuts. Production on The Better Angels took place in late September of 2012, so one year’s worth of post-production time for a filmmaker with a background in editing means he has time to find his film (if the film needs finding that is). With a small news blurb stating that Zbigniew Preisner helped affix the film’s score. Diane Kruger, Wes Bentley, Jason Clarke and Sundance starlet Brit Marling are toplining, while the child actor who plays lil’ Abe hasn’t been publicized.
Gist: This chronicles the hardships that shaped Lincoln, including abandonment by his father, the tragedy that marked him and the two women who guided him on his path to becoming one of the most influential presidents in United States history. Bentley will play the future president’s first teacher, and Marling will play Nancy, his biological mother, who withstood the challenges of pioneer life. Kruger and Clarke, who play Lincoln’s stepmother and father.
Production Co./Producers: Charley Beil, Jake DeVito, Nicolas Gonda and Terrence Malick
Prediction: Chances are slim for a U.S. Dramatic Competition berth as this comes across a more “packaged” first effort – meaning the film’s budget will certainly be a key factor in determining if the fest section is too small for this offering.
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
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