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Since the seventies, when director Terrence Malick was at the beginning of his cinema journey, he dreamed of a movie that required massive capabilities to be implemented; a movie that speaks of the universe since its first creation to the modern era of contemporary woman.

He tackled this topic few years ago when he directed the “Tree of Life” movie, and dedicated a part of it to reflect his thoughts on this philosophical aspect, but with his new movie “Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey”, he introduced a film that completely talks about creation, life, entourage, and life of planets, earth, and sky. He spent many years and loads of money on the movie that shall be featured for the first time in Venice Film Festival on Wednesday.

*The Strangest Movie

The movie is expected to steal the lights from “2001: A Space Odyssey” directed by Stanley Kubrick; two versions of the movie will be showed: one at the IMAX Theatres and the another during Venice Film Festival.

According to Venice film festival’s director Alberto Barbera, Maleck’s film is the strangest among movies featured before in the festival. However, this doesn’t mean that it will steal all the lights, given that the new edition of the festival comprises many anticipated works by many directors.

20 movies from the United States, Mexico, France, Germany, Holland, and Chili, will partake in the festival, in addition to many movies of partnered production.

Some of the movies showed during the Italian festival tackle topics from the past like critical wars, characters who lived disturbed lives, others feature aliens that came seeking to settle on earth.

Other movies participating in the festival include:

Nocturnal Animals

A movie by Tom Ford is based on Austin Wright’s novel that stars Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal in the lead to play the roles of a woman who thinks that her ex-husband plans to kill her.


For the French director Francois with his new movie in black and white and story from the World War I, talking about a lady who discovers that her beloved was not loyal to her.

* Hacksaw Ridge

By Mel Gibson, who introduced a movie with a story from the World War II featuring the biography of the U.S. Army medic Desmond Doss, who was the first soldier to receive the honorary medal.

*The Untamed

A horror science-fiction movie directed by the Mexican director Amat Escalante that discusses an emotional crisis that ends with a disaster caused by the intervention of an alien between a husband and his wife.


It is another science-fiction movie for the Canadian director Denis Villeneuve that features the story of a family of aliens landing on earth and seeking to settle in one of the planet’s villages.

*The Age of Shadow

A movie directed by the Japanese director Kim Jee-woon featuring a story that happens during the Japanese occupation of Korea on a Korean man who decides to work as a double spy on both Korean and Japan.


It is a western-kind movie directed by the Dutch Martin Koolhoven.

*The Magnificent Seven

The story of the movie, which is directed by the talented Antoine Fuqua, takes place in the Old West of the United States.


It is a movie featuring the biography of the former first lady of the White House Jackie Kennedy; the film which stars Natalie Portman, is directed by Pablo Larraín.