“A Hidden Life” tells the true story of the Austrian farmer Franz Jägerstätter, who rejected Adolf Hitler and objected to the war. He was ultimately ostracized by his community, imprisoned for his convictions, and executed. Bidders such as Netflix and A24 were circling the project following its world premiere on Sunday.
The movie, which is headlined by Austrian actor August Diehl, marks Malick’s return to the Cannes Film Festival competition following his Palme d’Or winning 2011 “The Tree of Life.” Diehl stars opposite Valerie Pachner. The cast also includes Maria Simon, Tobias Moretti, the late Bruno Ganz and Matthias Schoenaerts.
The reviews have been strong, but Malick movies have been box office duds in recent years.