Following the crushed rumours that Paul Thomas Anderson’s long-awaited cult drama The Master (2012) – starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams – would not be making this year’s 65th Cannes Film Festival lineup, it seems as though the acclaimed Oscar-winning director still fancied getting some May exposure for his new film ahead of its Venice Film Festival debut. Hence the reveal of a short teaser trailer for the film, featuring Phoenix as US Naval officer Freddie Sutton, as he tries to recall a forgotten (or more likely repressed) series of events. You can see the trailer at the bottom of the post.
An official website for the film has been launched over at themasterfilm.com, and although an official synopsis has yet to reach our attention, the film’s IMDb page does reveal the following potential narrative:
A 1950s-set drama centred on the relationship between a charismatic intellectual known as “the Master” whose faith-based organization begins to catch on in America, and a young drifter who becomes his right-hand man.
Featuring some seriously topical subject matter (the film’s pseudo-religious movement, named the Cause, has been compared by some to Scientology) and stellar cast of award-winners on board and the long-awaited return to narrative filmmaking for Phoenix (after the documentary debacle that was 2010’s I’m Still Here), expectations will be high that P.T. Anderson can once again recapture the filmmaking form that brought us There Will Be Blood (2008), Punch-Drunk Love (2002), Magnolia (1999) and Boogie Nights (1997).
The 69th Venice Film Festival runs from 29 August-8 September. For more of our Venice 2012 coverage, simply follow this link.