Cannes isn’t even over yet, but the Toronto International Film Festival has already announced the first official selection for its 2013 edition.
The festival has nabbed the world premiere of Godfrey Reggio’s “Visitors,” which will screen in 4K digital projection with a live orchestral performance by members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra of the Philip Glass score. What’s more is that Steven Soderbergh is “officially presenting” the film.
UPDATE: Cinedigm has just announced that it will handle North American distribution for the film.
“Reggio’s ‘Visitors’ is a poignant, powerful film. Coupled with live
performance by 65 Members of the TSO, this event is an opportunity for
Toronto audiences to be moved and to experience film in a whole new
way,” said Piers Handling, Director and CEO, TIFF.
“Visitors” is the fourth feature length collaboration between Godfrey
Reggio (“Koyaanisqatsi,” “Powaqqatsi” and “Naqoyqatsi”) and famed composer
Philip Glass, together with filmmaker Jon Kane. This time, the team has incorporated body language as non-spoken
narrative to join with image and music.
“Footage of nonverbal human
portraits and communication reveals a constant stream of unconscious
emotions, barely noticed by most people,” explained TIFF in their press release. “‘Visitors’ reveals humanity’s
trancelike relationship with technology, which, when commandeered by
extreme emotional states, produces massive effects far beyond the human
species. The protagonist, a wise gorilla, sagely witnesses the antics of
Homo sapiens. The film is visceral, offering the audience an experience
beyond information about the moment in which we live.”
Of his involvement Steven Soderbergh stated: “I’m thrilled and honoured to
act as presenter of ‘Visitors,’ which is the definition of a must-see
event for anyone who loves cinema. Thirty years after ‘Koyaanisqatsi,’
Godfrey Reggio—with the support of Philip Glass and Jon Kane—once again
leapfrogs over us earth-bound filmmakers and creates another stunning,
wordless portrait of modern life. It’s a bold, beautiful, uniquely
moving cinematic experience, and the live orchestra component is the
proverbial cherry on top.”
The event takes place on Sunday, September 8 at 6pm at the Visa Screening Room in the Elgin Theatre. The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival runs September 5 to 15.