"The Tree of Life"; dependent to Catholic writings
19 May 2012 12:14
The House of Artists held a session on criticizing "The Tree of Life", a film directed by Terrence Malick, which was attended by Mohammad Shahba and Alireza Qasem-khan.
IBNA: As the session kicked off, Alireza Qasem-khan introduced the film's director saying that "The Tree of Life" is Malick's latest film which was premiered in competition at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, receiving widespread critical acclaim.
The 68 years old director has produced 8 films, directed 10 works and has written 15 scenarios so far, he added.
He went on to say that many authors and cinema critics believe that Terrence Malick is Hollywood's poet. His "Days of Heaven" and "The Thin Red Line" were produced with a 20 year's gap in between.
In other news, Mohammad Shahba talked about Malick's stance in the world of cinema saying that "The Tree of Life" is based on the Catholic writings and without knowing out the religion you will not be able to understand the film. The audiences of the noted director's films either like his works or not.
He added:" The first few minutes of Malick's films are vital as we can say that they carry the work's main line and theme. "The Tree of Life" opens with a quote from the Book of Job saying "Where were you when I founded the earth…while the morning stars sang in chorus and all the sons of God shouted for joy” (Job 38: 4,7).
He added:" Since the creation of Adam the humans are in pain and suffer. All the humans suffer in earth and considering our inner Ayyub, who is a symbol of pain, we can communicate with the film."
Then Qasem-khan asked Shahba that many critics believe that Malick is widely influenced by Heidegger but how can a director make a film according to Heidegger's views, who endorsed the death of art, through which he intended to explain the world as well?
What I see in the film about Heidegger's opinions is the issue of "Dasein", however philosophically the thoughts of Heidegger differ with the film and as I said that film is mostly based on Catholic thoughts, he replied.
He added that the film directs humankind towards patience. Moreover the distances between the characters were among the main elements which were ignored so far.
The Tree of Life is a 2011 American drama film with experimental elements written and directed by Terrence Malick and starring Sean Penn, Brad Pitt, and Jessica Chastain.