Produced by Terrence Malick and ??lmed in glorious black and white cinematography, The Better Angels sheds new light on the little-explored formative years of President Abraham Lincoln as well as the women who shaped him into one of most revered men in US history. Based on interviews with Lincoln's family members, The Better Angels is a beautiful, insightful, and brilliantly composed feature debut from Malick's creative protégé, A.J. Edwards.
At an isolated log cabin in the harsh wilderness of Indiana circa 1817, the rhythms of love, tragedy, and the daily hardships of life on the developing frontier shaped one of our nation’s greatest heroes: Abraham Lincoln. Abe is a thoughtful and quiet boy who spends his days at the side of his beloved mother (Brit Marling) while learning to work the land from his stern father (Jason Clarke). When illness takes his mother, Abe's new guardian angel comes in the form of his new stepmother (Diane Kruger), who sees the potential in the boy and pushes for his further education.
Hanan Townshend is an adept, fast rising ??lm composer based in Austin, Texas. He was a music licensee on Terrence Malick’s Palme d’Or-winning ??lm The Tree Of Life; this is where he received his fi??rst signi??cant recognition. Since then, Townshend has continued composing for feature ??lms, including working as the composer on Malick’s ??lm To The Wonder, starring Ben Af??eck, Olga Kurylenko, and Rachel McAdams.
Townsend’s music refl??ects the broad background of inspiration from which he draws – the poetic soundscapes of his home country, the eager patterns of popular music, and the re??nement of classical training and studies in art composition.