Director Terrence Malick's long-delayed 'The Tree of Life' has encountered another confusing snag on its way to theaters. The Brad Pitt / Sean Penn film was set to make its debut in the United Kingdom through distributor Icon Entertainment on May 4. However, the company has absolved itself of responsibility for the film's release because Summit International wants it to debut instead at the Cannes Film Festival later in May.

If the film were to open in the U.K. before its Cannes premiere, it would not be eligible to compete in the festival. Why Icon would schedule the film for release prior to its already-planned debut at arguably the world's biggest film festival is anyone's guess, though there are a few theories.

Fox Searchlight will open the film in limited release in the U.S. on May 27. Read on for more info on 'Tree of Life''s confusing three-year journey to the big screen
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