patti smith talks love, loss and death in terrence malick’s song to song

If you're going to take life advice from anyone, let it be a legend.

14 March 2017, 9:01am

At the beginning of the year, details were announced for Terrence Malick's new film Song to Song. Set against the Austin music scene, it would star Rooney MaraRyan GoslingMichael Fassbender and Natalie Portman as two couples navigating love, relationships and creativity. Alongside the impressive cast, the project would also feature several music legends, including Patti Smith, Iggy PopLykke Li, The Black Lips, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Florence and the Machine. Now, following the film's premier at SXSW over the weekend, we've been given a look at what this mix of artists and actors might look like, with a clip of Patti Smith and Rooney Mara.

Patti is offering life advice to Rooney's character, an indie musician. She talks about marriage, losing her husband in 1994 and her lingering grief before reflecting on her own previous expectations of death saying, "I never thought I would live long. You know, I'd be an artist and die young of tuberculosis or something, like Charlotte Brontë." As well as acting in Song to Song, the Horses musician will also contribute an original track called God Running.

Song to Song is out 17 March


Text Wendy Syfret