This month at the Cannes Film Festival, the new movie starring John Malkovich and directed by Robert Rodriguez (Sin City, Machete) will be showcased…if by showcased, you mean the vault in which the physical film is sealed will be displayed in the by-invitation only Louis XIII Suite at the Hôtel Le Majestic Barrière Cannes.
The movie is literally titled, 100 Years—The Movie You Will Never See. It’s a never done before concept that envisions Earth 100 years from now, and is set to be released on November 18th, 2115, a release date out of the current range of the average human lifespan.
WTF, you may be saying to yourself, especially once you’ve been tantalized with the Blade-Runneresque teasers. However, the project, written by Malkovich, is designed to be a cinematic time capsule to see how closely the filmmakers’ vision of future reality compares to actual reality in the year 2115.
The film’s storyline has been a closely guarded secret. All we know is that the film stars Malkovich, Marko Zaror, and Shya Chang and is set in the year 2115. The custom-built safe that holds the physical film reel utilizes a time-release technology and can only be opened once the 100 year countdown is completed on November 18, 2115.
Even those involved with the film, will have to wait until its release date.
“It’s the first time I’ve done anything like this,” said Rodriguez, in an interview with IndieWire. “I was intrigued by the whole concept of working on a film that would be locked away for a hundred years. They even gave me silver tickets for my descendants to be at the premiere in Cognac in 2115. How cool is that? What John and I wanted it to be was a work of timeless art that can be enjoyed in 100 years. I’m very proud of it even if only my great grandkids and hopefully my clone will be around to watch.”
Some have dismissed the project as an elaborate publicity stunt for Louis XIII Cognac, with the movie being a tribute to the century of careful craftsmanship required to create each decanter of the luxury liquor. Seeking a work of art that could speak to the brand’s commitment to time-aged quality, the company brought on Malkovich and Rodriguez to create the vehicle.
“Louis XIII is a true testament to the mastery of time and we sought to create a proactive piece of art that explores the dynamic relationship of the past, present and future,” said global executive director of Louis XIII, Ludovic du Plessis.
“There were several options when the project was first presented of what [the future] would be,” said Malkovich. “An incredibly high tech, beyond computerized version of the world, a post-Chernoybl, back to nature, semi-collapsed civilization and then there was a retro future which was how the future was imagined in science fiction of the 1940s or 50s.”
All three have been represented in a series of teasers:
While most of us will not be around to see how closely the film nails our future reality, there’s no doubt that the world is poised for incredible change in the near future due to all the technology advances around us, particularly developments in artificial intelligence, machine learning and automation. Self driving cars are a reality, smarter devices and machines mean more integrated city and global infrastructures. Better data analytics mean more predictive technologies in all industries including health care, security and social sciences. And hopefully, bots will one day be much more helpful after they learn to stay away from the bad kids. AMAX is highly invested in pushing our world towards a “smart technology tipping point” by assisting developers in AI and machine learning to develop intelligent technologies through its Deep Learning Solutions. Beyond that, 100 years from now, it’s anyone’s guess. But as Rodriguez said, with any luck, our clones will be there to decide if 100 Years was just a glorified publicity stunt, or well worth the wait.