Magnolia acquires ‘To The Wonder’

By Meaghan Fleming,

Magnolia Pictures have bought the rights to Terrence Malick’s new flim To The Wonder.

The film is about an American man named Neil, played by Ben Affleck (The Town), who falls in love with a Ukranian woman named Marina, played by Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace) reports Deadline. They meet in France and Marina returns to America with Neil but they have trouble connecting with each other. Marina meets a priest, played by Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men), while Neil connects with an old girlfriend played by Rachel McAdams (The Notebook).

Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles says of the deal, “It is an honor and a dream come true to be working with Terrence Malick, one of our greatest living filmmakers. To The Wonder is a romantic, haunting and beautiful film that will be endlessly rewarding for movie lovers.”

Sarah Green and Nicolas Gonda produced the film, while Malick wrote and directed. All three worked on the Oscar-nominated The Tree of Life together.

Green and Gonda announced their pleasure at Magnolia acquiring the film, saying “We are excited to partner with Magnolia for the release of To The Wonder. Magnolia has become a destination for the work of some of the world’s most innovative and talented directors, and we are proud to align with this forward-thinking team.”

According to the Huffington Post, the film received mixed reviews at its Venice Film Festival premiere and some audience members booed at the screen. Many critics disliked the fact that Affleck’s character had very few lines. The film also uses voiceover more than actual dialogue between characters.

The film will be released in 2013.

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