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Toronto Film Review: ‘Visitors’

15 September 2013 5:36 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Thirty years after blowing minds with his first feature, “Koyaanisqatsi,” helmer Godfrey Reggio supplies yet another dialogue-free juxtaposition of visceral imagery, time-lapse photography and mesmerizing Philip Glass music with “Visitors.” But with two other “Qatsi” films having emerged in the interim, Reggio’s m.o. is by now practically a cliche, having long since been appropriated by advertising execs and musicvideo directors, as well as his former cameraman Ron Fricke. Distribs will need to be ultra-creative to attract a niche audience prepared to engage with this velvety black-and-white reverie on the bigscreen, where it will be seen to its best advantage. Cinedigm plans a 2014 release.

The world premiere of ” Visitors” at Toronto — where 71 members of the Toronto Symphony performed the score under the baton of Michael Riesman — offered a model, albeit a pricey one, for how to “eventize” the film. (The music on the release version is performed by the Bruckner Orchestra Linz, »

- Alissa Simon

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