Films

The movie that you won’t be able to see for 100 years

And you thought the wait for Episode VII: The Force Awakens had been agonising.

John Malkovich and Robert Rodriguez are collaborating on a film that no one will be able to see for 100 years - as they note, this means that no one will be able to watch it in their lifetime.

Appropriately entitled 100 Years, it's part of a promotion for Louis XIII Cognac, a luxury liquor that ages for 100 years itself, but it's an intriguing concept that opens up a lot of questions about what it is to make art - do we actually make things in order to be appreciated for them? Or purely for their own sake, regardless of the immediate feedback we are able to receive? After all, the likes of Van Gogh famously died before any of his work became widely known.

The film will be placed in a special time-locked safe that will remain closed until 18 November, 2115, at which point some lucky viewers (tickets are going out to 1,000 'influential people' inviting their descendants) will be able to watch it on a projector that is also being stored.

Three teasers for the film (though not taken from the final cut) have been created to imagine what it might look like when the film is finally unlocked, each of which imagines a different vision of the future - you can see one below, as well as a small featurette about the film's creation.

But what's the actual movie about? No one really knows - apparently Malkovich researched futurism, science fiction and visions of today from 100 years ago. “Some of it was strangely accurate, oddly enough, but of course the vast majority of it was unimaginable. And I think that’s what the future is to most of us,” he said.

Is it a grand marketing folly? Maybe. But it's also intriguing to compare it to the work of many people who will never get recognition for it and yet still take pride in what they do.