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4 posters are in from Godfrey Reggio's Visitors documentary which was seen at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. Cinedigm releases the film some time in January 2014. Thirty years after Koyaanisqatsi, Godfrey Reggio–with the support of Philip Glass and Jon Kane–once again leapfrogs over earth-bound filmmakers and creates another stunning, wordless portrait of modern life. Presented by Steven Soderbergh in Black and White digital 4K projection, Visitors reveals humanity’s trancelike relationship with technology, which, when commandeered by extreme emotional states, produces massive effects far beyond the human species. The film is visceral, offering the audience an experience beyond information about the moment in which we live. Comprised »
Update: Godfrey Reggio's "Visitors" will be released via Cinedigm beginning January 24, 2014. It is presented by Steven Soderbergh, with a score by Philip Glass. Read our Toh! review out of the New Orleans Film Festival, plus check out the film's new trailer, below. Godfrey Reggio would hate this review. The director behind the cult classic "Koyaanisqatsi" (1983) resists description. As he noted while introducing his latest, "Visitors," at the New Orleans Film Festival, he considers his films "texture, not text." Well, here's some text anyway: "Visitors" is cinema as soul-craft, a profoundly beautiful portrait of the finitude of this mortal coil. Following his five previous features, the most recent of which, "Naqoyqatsi," premiered in 2002, "Visitors" dispenses with the traditional lineaments of narrative and characterization in favor of a style faintly reminiscent of the avant-gardists of the silent era. "Visitors" is, to be momentarily reductive, "The Man with a Movie »
- Matt Brennan
You really can't keep a good Steven Soderbergh down. Supposedly retired from directing after “Behind The Candelabra”, the hyperactive movie-maker is using his time off to lend his name to worthy cinematic projects, and none worthier than “Visitors,” which is to be “presented by” Soderbergh, and for which a new trailer has arrived below.And what is “Visitors”, you ask? Only the first film in 10 years from Godfrey Reggio, perhaps the most celebrated experimental film-maker around today: his “Qatsi” trilogy (“Koyaanisqatsi,” “Powaqqatsi,” “Naqoyqatsi”) released from 1982 to 2002, is a genre defining, strange and powerful set of wordless, plotless mood pieces about man's relationship to the planet and to technology. They're not the easiest films to love, but no one forgets them, and our correspondent felt the very same about “Visitors” when it played at Tiff in September (read our review).“Visitors” will get a wider release on Valentine's Day 2014, but until then there's the trailer to. »
- Ben Brock
Cinedigm previously acquired all North American rights and plans a fourth quarter 2014 release while Films We Like will distribute in Canada.
The Ire Production in association with Optic Nerve, Noyes Films and Phi Films isReggio’s first film in more than a decade and explores humanity’s relationship with technology.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
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
The world premiere of Qatsi trilogy director Godfrey Reggio’s long-awaited and eagerly anticipated “Visitors” provided the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival with something extraordinarily unique: its greatest cinematic experience. The stunningly photographed, often difficult, always transfixing film was not the most satisfying creation on display at Tiff, or for many cinemagoers, its most alluring. But it was without question its most important. Here is a movie that defies simple interpretation and renders reviews — this one included—almost meaningless. Booking Reggio’s first film in more than a decade was always going to make waves; his immaculately filmed, non-narrative Qatsi trilogy—“Koyaanisqatsi” (1982), “Powaqqatsi” (1988), and “Naqoyqatsi” (2002)—is rightfully ranked among the most important artistic achievements of the last thirty years. But that was just part of the excitement. For the premiere of “Visitors” at Toronto’s ornate Elgin Theatre, Reggio and his »
- Christopher Schobert
Thirty years have passed since the release "Koyaanisqatsi," Godfrey Reggio's first installment in his memorably abstract Qatsi trilogy, which captured the complexity of civilization through a gripping rush of images aided by an equally potent Philip Glass score. While the power of that project hasn't faded, it provides only one specific take on the world's constant movement. "Visitors," Reggio's latest experimental project with Glass and editor Jon Kane, provides an entirely different kind of immersion into the nature of reality. Rather than exploring the rush of time at the center of the Qatsi films, "Visitors" brings it to a halt. Comparatively minimalist when viewed alongside his other work, the black-and-white "Visitors" consists of only 74 shots, established with such a steady rhythm that the movie practically takes the form of hypnosis. The images are relatively basic: Following an opening glimpse of a tranquil gorilla (end credits reveal this to be Triska, »
- Eric Kohn
"Koyaanisqatsi" filmmaker Godfrey Reggio is back to his wordless ways, with his new film "Visitors," his first in over a decade. The film, which is Ep'ed by Steven Soderbergh, is set to debut with a live performance of the film's score from Philip Glass at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. Read More: Watch: Mesmerizing Trailer for 'Visitors,' Godfrey Reggio's First Film in Over a Decade The promotional information for "Visitors" says that it "reveals humanity's trancelike relationship with technology, which, when commandeered by extreme emotional states, produces massive effects far beyond the human species. The film is visceral, offering the audience an experience beyond information about the moment in which we live." In a statement exclusive to Indiewire, producer Lawrence Taub says, "To have the opportunity to premiere Visitors as a live special event at the preeminent Toronto International Film Festival could not have been foretold. »
- Bryce J. Renninger
The filmmaker behind Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi and Naqoyqatsi returns this year with his latest feature. This one is called Visitors, and it's being presented by Steven Soderbergh at the Toronto Film Festival this fall featuring a live performance of Philip Glass' score by Members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. The first trailer is out and it's rather odd, with the camera panning across the faces of numerous people. The concept: "Visitors offers an experience of technology and transcendental emotionality, taking viewers to the moon and back to confront them with themselves." If you like the Qatsi trilogy, you'll want to see this. Here's the latest promo trailer for Godfrey Reggio's new film Visitors, found on YouTube: Thirty years after Koyaanisqatsi, Godfrey Reggio—with the support of Philip Glass and Jon Kane—once again leapfrogs over earthbound filmmakers and creates another stunning, wordless portrait of modern life. Presented by Steven Soderbergh »
- Alex Billington
Yesterday, the first batch of 2013 Tiff titles dropped sending cinephiles into a frenzied excitement with a pretty killer lineup, with many now wondering how many extra days they can stay in Toronto this year. And the advance looks continue to roll out, as today a new trailer has arrived for one of the more intriguing question marks of the forthcoming fest. Godfrey Reggio, the man behind the acclaimed "Koyaanisqatsi, "Powaqqatsi" and "Naqoyqatsi" has a new movie to show off entitled "Visitors," and it looks like it could be his most challenging yet. Bold visuals and a score by Philip Glass are once again key components, but it now features actual performers, staged scenes and more. Plus, Steven Soderbergh — whose had some effusive things to say about the movie — has put his name to the effort with a "presented by" title. Here's the official synopsis: Thirty years after Koyaanisqatsi, with support »
- Kevin Jagernauth
With each passing year, Tiff is becoming more and more prominent on the film festival circuit, with more and more Oscar-primed films making their debut out in Canada. And with the initial line-up announced for the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, the trend is definitely continuing.
Amongst the many, many films making their presence felt out in Toronto will be Steve McQueen’s highly anticipated 12 Years a Slave, which launched a powerful first trailer earlier in the month. The film sees Chiwetel Ejiofor lead a fantastic cast, with Michael Fassbender returning to work for his Hunger / Shame director, alongside the likes of Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sarah Paulson, Paul Giamatti, and many more.
Opening the festival will be Bill Condon’s The Fifth Estate, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch as WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, alongside Daniel Brühl, Laura Linney, Anthony Mackie, and Stanley Tucci.
And closing it will be Daniel Schechter’s Life of Crime, »
- Kenji Lloyd
Opening on July 18, the Durban Intl. Film Festival now ranks as one of the longest running, biggest and fastest growing of major African film events and a burgeoning platform for business in South Africa and beyond.
In this sense, the choice of Jahmil Xt Qubeka’s grisly “Of Good Report” as a curtain raiser was a statement of intent. Shot in b/w, laced by literary references — John Keats’ “Bright Star,” “Othello” are two — and described by Qubeka as a “cinephile’s passionate homage” to classic film noir, “Report” charts a English teacher’s discombobulated and soon increasingly demented obsession for a lively student with whom he begins an affair.
For Machen, “This year’s African and South African films have a freshness to them, »
- John Hopewell
Jahmil Xt Qubeka may be a young South African filmmaker, but he’s accomplished plenty in his time so far in the industry. His work has been highlighted at film festivals around the world, and his 2005 HIV/AIDS documentary, “Talk to Me,” won a 2005 Peabody Award. His 2010 film, “A Small Town Called Descent,” premiered at the 31st Durban Film Festival, and his latest pic, “Of Good Report,” which he calls “Little Red Riding Hood from the wolf’s perspective,” was set to open the 34th Durban Film Festival on Thursday, but the opening screening was cancelled when the South African government refused to grant the film a license. Before the dramatic events surrounding the cancelled opening night unfolded, he spoke to Variety about his approach to filmmaking.
Tell us about your new film project, “Of Good Report.”
The film charts the somber tale of a deranged man’s attempt at »
- Alex Stedman
Fans of the Godfrey Reggio/Philip Glass "Qatsi" trilogy can look forward to a fourth movie, "Visitors," which Cinedigm has acquired for North America. The black-and-white digital film will world premiere with a live Toronto Symphony Orchestra performance of Glass's score at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival this September. Cinedigm plans to release "Visitors" theatrically in 4K throughout Fall 2013. Seven years in the making, this collaboration from director Reggio, composer Glass and filmmaker Jon Kane follows "Koyaanisqatsi," "Powaqqatsi," and "Naqoyqatsi." “For a world on speed, in rush hour, this film is counter-intuitive to contemporary image-making," said Reggio. "Face-to-face with more to say then can be spoken, one might leave expectations at the door. Cinedigm's enthusiasm for theatrical release and its commitment to innovative marketing and exhibition, offers this odd-one-in an opportunity to seek a life of its own. I can only feel anxious joy as I prepare »
- Anne Thompson
Steven Soderbergh is presenting the black-and-white film, which will be shown in 4K projection. “Visitors” explores humanity’s trance-like relationship with technology and its effects beyond the human species.
Cinedigm plans to release “Visitors” theatrically in the fall following its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. The Tiff screening will include a live performance of Glass’s score by members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
“I’m thrilled and honored to act as presenter of ‘Visitors,’ which is the definition of a must-see event for anyone who loves cinema,” Soderbergh said. “Thirty years after ‘Koyaanisqatsi,’ Godfrey Reggio–with the support of Philip Glass »
- Dave McNary
Update, 10:55 Am: Cinedigm has just acquired all North American distribution rights to Visitors, with a fall 2013 4K release planned after the Toronto bow. Previous Exclusive, 12:01 Am: : The Toronto Film Festival has set the Godfrey Reggio-directed Visitors to have its world premiere at the festival September 8, in a most splashy manner. The film has an original score by Philip Glass and it is being presented by Steven Soderbergh. While that filmmaker is stepping away from directing features, he’s not done backing them and has been a big supporter of Reggio’s work since Koyaanisqatsi 30 years ago. The Toronto premiere will be presented in 4K digital projection and live accompaniment by members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Michael Riesman. The premiere will be held that Sunday at 6 Pm at the Visa Screening Room at the Elgin Theatre. Said Tiff Director and CEO Piers Handling »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Steven Soderbergh will present a gala screening of "Visitors," the new film from "Koyaanisqatsi" director Godfrey Reggio, at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, Tiff organizers announced on Wednesday. The film includes a score from Philip Glass, who also composed the music for Reggio's "Koyaanisqatsi" trilogy. At the Tiff premiere, that score will be performed live by members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. The premiere is the first piece of programming to be announced for this year's festival, which will run from Sept. 5 through 15. "I'm thrilled and honoured to act as »
- Steve Pond
The Sept. 8 preem at the Elgin Theater will be presented by Steven Soderbergh with a live performance of Philip Glass’ score by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, led by Michael Riesman, who has conducted numerous Glass scores, including those for Reggio’s “qatsi” trilogy of films.
“Visitors” is the fourth feature collaboration between Reggio, Glass and filmmaker-editor Jon Kane, and continues their adventures in non-spoken narrative in a film examining humanity’s relationship with technology.
“Coupled with live performance by 65 members of the Tso, this event is an opportunity for audiences to be moved and to experience film in a whole new way,” said fest director and CEO Piers Handling.
“I’m thrilled and honored to act as presenter of ‘Visitors,’ which »
- Jennie Punter
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 »
- Peter Knegt
Our heads (and in some cases, our actual bodies) are still in Cannes, but it's not long at all until the fall festival season starts off. Indeed, the Toronto International Film Festival reps aren't waiting for Cannes to wrap up to make their first announcement, as news has come in of a high-profile screening that, while it won't exactly be grabbing tabloid headlines, will certainly interest a certain kind of film fan very much indeed. Deadline are reporting that Godfrey Reggio, the experimental filmmaker behind the acclaimed "Koyaanisqatsi," and its two sequels "Powaqqatsi" and "Naqoyqatsi," has completed a new film, his first in eleven years, entitled (in a break with tradition) "Visitors", and the film will premiere at Tiff on September 8th. If you've never seen the films, they're art/documentary hybrids, stunningly shot, and accompanied by scores by Philip Glass, dealing with industrialization in the first world, and the increasing influence of technology. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
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