Making Music in “Song to Song”


SONG TO SONG is the new love story from filmmaker Terrence Malick. Set against and inspired by the Austin, Texas rock and roll scene, the film follows four interconnected lovers as they tumble and clash in both their roller coaster musical careers and rule-breaking intimate lives. Amid a world driven by youth, passion, lust, drugs and creativity, the story hones in on one couple who find in each other a way to bust through all the wild distractions of our modern lives and seek satisfaction in a new way. Filmed throughout Austin and at its world-famed music festivals by three-time Academy Award winner Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki, SONG TO SONG features unexpected performances from some of contemporary cinema’s biggest stars including Michael Fassbender, Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara and Natalie Portman – as well as a multi-generational array of musicians including Patti Smith, Lykke Li, the Black Lips, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Iggy Pop, John Lydon and more.

SONG TO SONG is Malick’s ninth feature film. Though renowned for visually arresting storytelling, Malick has always been drawn to that most classic subject of all: love – especially love that mirrors or cuts through life’s illusions. SONG TO SONG continues a career that began with the dark romance between two 1950s Midwestern killers on the run in BADLANDS; explored the early days of America through Captain Smith and Pocahontas' affair in THE NEW WORLD; and twined the overwhelming emotions of parental love with a story of creation in THE TREE OF LIFE.



But SONG TO SONG’s love story unfolds in today’s America and among those chasing that most contemporary and perhaps maddest of dreams: the rock star life. Can one be a free, unfettered artist in today’s music scene – and lead an improvised, in-the-moment life, moving from one thrill to another, without ending up broken-hearted?

Rooney Mara is Faye, an aspiring songwriter who likes playing with fire and is wrestling with her creative future while sampling a variety of lovers; Michael Fassbender is Cook, a controlling and sexually voracious music producer who can make people’s dreams come true; Ryan Gosling is BV, Cook’s protégé and rising songwriting star who falls hard for Faye while being professionally betrayed by Cook; and Natalie Portman is Rhonda, a struggling waitress who sees Cook as the solution to her family’s financial problems. The couples will tangle and tumble in a love quadrangle that nearly upends them – then moves them toward a new understanding of their lives and each other.

Director: Terrence Malick
Writer: Terrence Malick
Stars: Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, Michael Fassbender

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