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The Better Angels

USA | 2014 | 94 minutes | A.J. Edwards

Stunningly shot and set in 1817 Indiana, this Terrence Malick-produced hyperrealistic reflection plumbs the difficult early years of Abraham Lincoln, whose later struggle against slavery made him a legend.

June 3, 2014
SIFF Cinema Egyptian  
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June 5, 2014
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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Produced by Terrence Malick and set in 1817, this reflection on the nature of life centers on an extraordinary one, in the early years of Abraham Lincoln. The United States is only 40 years old. Lincoln’s family has moved from Kentucky to the Indiana woods, where men and women battle against nature and disease on an elemental level. Thoroughly researched and authentic down to the very fibers worn and food eaten at the time, The Better Angels explores the hardships that shaped Lincoln, the tragedy that marked him forever, and his two mothers who guided him toward immortality. Starring newcomer Braydon Denney (as young Lincoln), Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty) and Diane Kruger (Inglourious Basterds, “The Bridge”) and gorgeously shot with lush visuals and black-and-white cinematography, it’s a visceral and emotional film. Director A.J. Edwards has worked extensively with Malick as an editor on The New World and as second-unit director on The Tree of Life. Edwards’ first narrative feature film creates a vivid impression of an austere era and the familial circumstances that shaped one of history’s most unique and beloved presidents.

Director Biography

Born in Walnut Creek, CA in 1985, A.J. Edwards has worked on several Terrence Malick films in different capacities including cinematographer, editor, second unit director, and also in script development and casting. The Better Angels marks his directorial debut.

Sponsored by Ingeniux, Snoqualmie Tribe

Director: A.J. Edwards
Principal Cast: Jason Clarke, Diane Kruger, Brit Marling, Wes Bentley, Braydon Denney
Country: USA
Year: 2014
Running Time: 94 minutes
Producer: Terrence Malick, Charley Beil, Jake DeVito, Nicolas Gonda
Screenplay: A.J. Edwards
Cinematographers: Matthew J. Lloyd
Editors: Alexander Richard Milan
Music: Hanan Townshend
Filmography: Debut Feature Film
Language: English
Format: DCP
US Distributor: Amplify • Variance Films
International Sales: Electric Entertainment
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