Once there was a young prince whose father, the king of the East, sent him down into Egypt to find a pearl. But when the prince arrived, the people poured him a cup. Drinking it, he forgot he was the son of a king, forgot about the pearl and fell into a deep sleep.
A screenwriter living in Los Angeles tries to make sense of the strange events occurring around him. While he’s successful in his career, his life feels empty. Haunted by the death of one brother and the dire circumstances of the other, he finds temporary solace in the Hollywood excess that defines his existence. Women provide a distraction to the daily pain he must endure, and every encounter that comes his way brings him closer to finding his place in the world.
The film is divided into eight chapters, plus a prologue, each loosely based around the central character Rick’s relationship with somebody in his life. Every chapter is named after a tarot card (as is the title of the film), except for the final chapter Freedom.
Knight of Cups is an American experimental film written and directed by Terrence Malick and produced by Nicolas Gonda and Sarah Green. It stars Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Antonio Banderas, Brian Dennehy, Freida Pinto, Imogen Poots, Isabel Lucas, Teresa Palmer and Wes Bentley. The film premiered in the main competition section at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival on February 8, 2015. The film is scheduled to be released on March 4, 2016, in the United States by Broad Green Pictures.
The title of the film is taken from the tarot card the Knight of Cups. The story in Knight of Cups is loosely inspired by and at times quotes directly from both the 1678 Christian allegory The Pilgrim’s Progress, and the passage Hymn of the Pearl from the Acts of Thomas.
Knight of Cups
Directed by: Terrence Malick
Starring: Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Brian Dennehy, Antonio Banderas, Freida Pinto, Isabel Lucas, Teresa Palmer, Imogen Poots
Screenplay by: Terrence Malick
Production Design by: Jack Fisk
Cinematography by: Emmanuel Lubezki
Film Editing by: A.J. Edwards, Keith Fraase, Geoffrey Richman, Mark Yoshikawa
Costume Design by: Jacqueline West
Set Decoration by: Beauchamp Fontaine
Art Direction by: Ruth De Jong
Music by: Hanan Townshend
MPAA Rating: R for some nudity, sexuality and language
Studio: Broad Green Pictures, StudioCanal
Release Date: March 4, 2016