'The Tree of Life,' starring Brad Pitt will debut today at Cannes after a weekend of hype and speculation.

Last week a collection of stills from the film were released on its official website. The images created a surge of attention towards the film, the cinematography, Brad Pitt (of course), and Terrence Malick, the film's director. 

During a press conference at Cannes, Pitt describes the film as wonderfully written and very intense.

He states: This film is universal; Terrence Malick wants to speak to all cultures.

He continues: It would take many days to explain the film's creative process. He likes to capture the truth between the lines. That's why this film feels so fresh. On top of that, it was almost entirely shot in natural daylight.

Jessica Chastain, who stars alongside Pitts, says of the film: During shooting, we didn't think about the final result. We let go and lived entirely in the present. At one point in the film, a butterfly comes to rest on my hand. It wasn't in the script, but Terrence creates the kind of set on which such things can happen.

The film was originally planned for Cannes 2010, but instead, the film will debut this year in the main competition. Tomorrow, the film will open in cinemas across France.