His film “The Tree of Life” just won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, but director Terrence Malick chose not to appear in person to accept it.
Shyness is one of a number of personal qualities that Malick shares with many other creative and gifted people.
In a recent profile article, writer Steven Zeitchik notes that friends and collaborators ‘paint a portrait of the reclusive filmmaker as a complicated and contradictory man…
‘The director dislikes being photographed, avoids public appearances — he skipped the premiere of his highly anticipated, long-delayed “Tree” last week here at the Cannes Film Festival — and turns down all interview requests (including this one), creating an impression of a cranky, precious artist.
‘But conversations with nearly a dozen friends and collaborators reveal a different portrait of the 67-year-old director who has made only five movies in nearly four decades: “Badlands,” “Days of Heaven,” “The Thin Red Line,” “The New World” and now “Tree.”‘
These people who know him say he is ‘painfully shy in public but jovial on his sets, gentle but fiercely driven.’
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