Several years ago Terrence Malick put out “To the Wonder,” a little-seen drama about four key characters with the focus on a love triangle between three of them – Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams and Olga Kurylenko.
The fourth character was a Catholic priest played by Javier Bardem. Now that character has become the focus of “Thy Kingdom Come,” a new stand-alone work which has been assembled from footage taken at the time “To the Wonder” began shooting back in late 2010.
Photojournalist Eugene Richards was hired by the film’s production company Redbud Pictures at the time to consult and film scenes in which Bardem’s priest character would interview actual residents of the town Bartlesville, Oklahoma where some of the story is set. The residents opened up to him, revealing painful and emotional true tales, even though they were informed in advance of meeting Javier Bardem that he was a film actor and not a real priest.
Those pieces, separate from the actual shoot which was done by Malick and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezky, have now been cut together for a 43-minute short which will debut at the SXSW Film Festival next month after Redbud Pictures licensed the footage to Richards to edit into a standalone film.
It’s a work that the production company stresses is “not one comprised of 35mm film outtakes, or unused footage” but rather an “original and stand-alone work”. Check out the just-released trailer below: