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EXCLUSIVE: Icon confirm they’ll release THE TREE OF LIFE on May 4th in the UK, BEFORE the Cannes premiere!

Icon Distribution confirmed via an e-mail to me this afternoon that The Tree Of Life will be released on May 4th in the UK almost two weeks before the official premiere at the Cannes film festival.

Icon previously announced the early release date several weeks ago to Empire Magazine, however, Fox Searchlight, who own the rights to the movie’s Stateside distribution, claimed the statement was entirely false.

Fox have continuously stated that the premiere at Cannes in mid-May will be the film’s first official screening.

Jeff Wells from Hollywood Elsewhere, furthermore, got in touch with Jill Jones of Summit International, who were film’s sales agent, and she told him:

“The information regarding the May 4th U.K. release is incorrect. Icon Film Distribution Ltd. does not have the right to distribute The Tree of Life in the U.K, as it is in default of its agreement. The matter is pending before an arbitration tribunal in Los Angeles.”


As a result, there has been wide-spread confusion in the UK as to whether they’ll see The Tree Of Life any time soon should there be a legal battle or conflict between the distributors. Some have even speculated whether it’ll even get a release at all.

Nevertheless, despite the aforementioned claims that Icon has no authority, there will be an arbitration tribunal and the people of Cannes will have the first taste of Terrence Malick’s newest epic, Icon responded to one of my numerous emails today and simply said these 6 words:


“Hi Daniel, We release May 4th.”

So it’s confirmed:

The UK WILL get The Tree Of Life before the rest of the world!

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