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This year at Cannes, one movie will go into a safe. It won't emerge till 2115

Sahil Bhalla | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:50 IST

Why make a movie neither you, nor most people alive today will be able to see? That's a question for John Malkovich.

Last year, the AV Club reported on a collaboration between actor John Malkovich, director Robert Rodriguez and cognac company Louis XIII. The film won't be viewed until November 18, 2115, the 100 year anniversary of its completion. Which means unless modern science finds a way for us to live way longer, none of you reading this piece is getting to see this movie.

The movie, 100 Years has been sub-titled The Movie You Will Never See and is being taken to the Cannes Film Festival to be put on 'display' for the public. The film will be loaded in a safe and brought to the festival that will open "automatically in 100 years when the timing is complete... to ensure that 100 Years remains secure until its official premiere." Where will it stay during its extended Cannes sojourn? In a special safe in the invitation-only Louis XIII Suite member's club.

This already famous safe is set to go on its very own worldwide tour - Los Angeles, Tokyo, Hong Kong, London, New York - before it arrives back in the Louis XIII cellars in Cognac, France.

General delegate of the Cannes Film Festival, Thierry Frémaux called the movie "an innovative cinematographic project." He added that he "hopes that our descendants will consider the movie 100 Years for the Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Festival in 2116".

If you can't wait 100 years, or scratch that, since you can't wait those many years, here's what you get. A behind-the-scenes trailer for the film has been released.

1,000 people have received invitations to the premiere in November 2115. They are, of course, free to pass it down to their children or grand-children or whoever they think will be alive and wanting to see it.

Here's a featurette of the movie release last year:

And a retro teaser:

"There were several options when the project was first presented of what [the future] would be," Malkovich told Indiewire. "An incredibly high tech, beyond-computerised version of the world, a post-Chernoybl, back to nature, semi-collapsed civilisation and then there was a retro future which was how the future was imagined in science fiction of the 1940s or 50s."

You never know. A group of 11, 12 or 13 people may just sneak up on the safe and produce the heist of the century. As AV Club puts it, the movie may just win the "Best Heavy Object Related To A Stupid Cognac Publicity Stunt" award or the Palme d'Orrible Waste Of Everybody's Fucking Time.

Come back in 100 years and we'll have a movie review for you.

Edited by Payal Puri

First published: 8 May 2016, 2:59 IST
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Sahil is a sports and tech correspondent on the speed news desk at Catch. A gadget freak, he loves offering free tech support to family and friends. He studied at Sarah Lawrence College, New York and worked previously for Scroll. He selectively boycotts fast food chains, worries about Arsenal, and travels whenever and wherever he can. Sahil is an unapologetic foodie and a film aficionado.