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Six years and one love triangle later, Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara and Michael Fassbender open their Terrence Malick film at SXSW

Six years and one love triangle later, Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara and Michael Fassbender open their Terrence Malick film at SXSW

It was no surprise when the famously private filmmaker Terrence Malick (“Tree of Life,” “To The Wonder,” “Knight of Cups”) was a no-show to the world premiere of his latest drama, “Song to Song,” the star-studded opening night film of the 2017 South by Southwest Film Festival.

Instead, his A-list cast took the stage Friday night in Austin, Texas, to describe what it’s like to work with the iconoclastic director: “rewarding,” “painful” and, yes, even “fun.”

“It’s interesting, it’s challenging, it’s rewarding, it’s fun, it’s scary,” said Michael Fassbender, who co-stars in the very Malickian picture set against the backdrop of the Austin music scene. “He never stops...

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