THE BETTER ANGELS is a biographical drama-historical film directed by A. J. Edwards and produced by Terrence Malick, based on 19th-century interviews with Lincoln’s family members. It stars Jason Clarke, Diane Kruger, Brit Marling, Wes Bentley, and newcomer Braydon Denney as young Abe (Abraham Lincoln). The film had its premiere at 2014 Sundance Film Festival, and screened in the Panorama section of the 64th Berlin International Film Festival.
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. Using glorious black and white cinematography to conjure an America where the land was raw, The Better Angels sheds new light on the formative years of the future president and the two women who molded him into one of the most revered men in American history.