By Peter Knegt | Indiewire May 22, 2013 at 10:36AM
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.