Breaking news: Here is a blog about “Tree of Life”. Part of the movie was filmed here in Smithville, Texas, about 10 blocks from our Bed and Breakfast. Most of Smithville will be in Austin to see the movie the first week it is out. Read below about “Tree of Life” at the Cannes Film Festival. I wish I had been there! For more information on the Katy House Bed and Breakfast visit http://www.katyhouse.com/ or call (512) 237-4262.
By Charles Ealy | Sunday, May 22, 2011, 01:09 PM
CANNES, France — Austin director Terrence Malick became the first Texan ever to win the top prize, the Palme d’Or, at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday, for his ambitious, cosmic “The Tree of Life.”
The movie centers on a family in 1950s Waco, includes about a 20-minute segment that focuses on the birth of the universe and has been called a Texan “2001,” a reference to Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey.”
Malick, who does not make public appearances, did not show up at the Palais to accept the award, but two of his producers did. “He remains notoriously, infamously shy but quite humble,” said producer Bill Pohlad.
When the movie premiered Monday, it received a mixed reaction from the press, but support for the film, which was made in Smithville and Austin, has been growing in recent days. It stars Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain and Sean Penn.