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Thy Kingdom Come (2018) -- S: Bardem -- To The Wonder "spinoff" short

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As we all know, Terrence Malick‘s process on each of his features has involved shooting thousands upon thousands of feet of footage, and then finding the film in the edit. This has led to countless actors being cut from his movies, and a plethora of unseen material never hitting the big screen. However, a fascinating slice from the director’s underrated 2012 effort “To The Wonder” will soon be seeing the light of day.

At the SXSW Film Festival next month, photojournalist Eugene Richards will unveil the 43-minute short, “Thy Kingdom Come.” The New Yorker details the fascinating story behind the project. In 2010, Malick rang up Richards, and hired him to help find real residents of Bartlesville, Oklahoma to interact with Javier Bardem‘s troubled, faith-tested priest. As you might expect, only a glimmer of those sequences wound up in the final film, so Richards sought Malick’s permission to use the excised material.

Now it’s here and it promises to be moving stuff. The interview subjects shared many deeply personal and painful stories with Bardem, and the fact that he wasn’t actually a real priest didn’t seem to matter. “Most people knew him as the murderer in ‘No Country for Old Men,’ ” Richards explained. “A couple people knew him as Penelope Cruz’s husband. Some didn’t know who he was at all. And absolutely no one cared, in the end, who he was, except that he was there to listen.”

No word on how “Thy Kingdom Come” might be released after SXSW, but I’d imagine an indie-minded streaming service would want to scoop this up.
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In 2010, the photojournalist Eugene Richards was hired to join the crew of Terrence Malick’s “To the Wonder,” shooting in the town of Bartlesville, in northeastern Oklahoma. In the movie, which was released in 2012, Javier Bardem plays a priest struggling with his faith. Richards—a former photographer for the storied Magnum and VII photo agencies, who has spent his career documenting subjects including poverty, mental illness, and crack-cocaine addiction—was tasked with venturing into the town and finding real residents to interact with Bardem. To locate most of his subjects, Richards got the help of a local Episcopal priest, Father Lee Stephens, who pointed him in the direction of Bartlesville residents who had sought his spiritual counsel. Bardem, dressed in his priest garb, sat with them as Richards filmed, and, as Richards puts it, “The basic question of ‘Tell me a little bit about yourself’ grew into something else.” In the end, Malick used only small slivers of the footage in his film. But Richards was so fascinated by the stories he recorded that he petitioned Malick to release the footage to him for his own use.

The resulting forty-three-minute film, “Thy Kingdom Come,” which will première at the South by Southwest Film Festival, in March, includes a few heartwarming tales. Bardem speaks with an elderly woman about the key to her happy marriage, and wheels a man out of the confines of his beige nursing home and into the dappled sunlight of a warm autumn day. Much of what the townspeople tell Bardem, though, is filled with tragedy and hardship. A tearful mother recounts how, while she was napping once on the couch after a gruelling nightshift, one of her children accidentally drowned. An emaciated woman battling cancer tells Bardem that her son is the only thing keeping her alive. Another woman tells of being sexually assaulted by men she had considered friends, confiding to Bardem, “I don't think much of myself, and I never have.”

It took Richards years to secure the rights to this footage, but the lag time lends the stories special resonances with the divisions and injustices of today. A former Ku Klux Klan leader tells Bardem about his decision to renounce his racist past. At Osage County Jail, Bardem asks a taciturn black inmate what he should do with his half-smoked cigarette. The inmate replies, “Put it on the floor and stomp it out. That’s what they did to me. Put me on the floor and stomped me out. Just that easy.”

The outpouring of devastating memories and heightened emotion can give the viewer a queasy feeling that truth and fiction are joining too seamlessly. Do the interviewees know that their interlocutor is a Hollywood actor and not an emissary of God? Richards says that all were informed that they were participating it a work of fiction, and that Bardem was not a priest. “Most people knew him as the murderer in ‘No Country for Old Men,’ ” Richards said. “A couple people knew him as Penelope Cruz’s husband. Some didn’t know who he was at all. And absolutely no one cared, in the end, who he was, except that he was there to listen.”
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Re: Thy Kingdom Come (2018) -- S: Bardem -- To The Wonder "spinoff" short

That sounds pretty interesting. I'm one of the few people that actually liked To the Wonder so I'm looking forward to seeing this.
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Re: Thy Kingdom Come (2018) -- S: Bardem -- To The Wonder "spinoff" short

Did not like To the Wonder, but I am interested in this.

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