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Cinedigm Acquires Reggio/Glass/Kane's 'Visitors,' Presented by Soderbergh, to Debut at Toronto International Film Festival

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by Anne Thompson
May 23, 2013 3:08 PM
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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."

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Godfrey Reggio


“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 to see this child take its first step.”

"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," said Soderbergh. "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.”

Here's a synopsis:

VISTORS 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 of only seventy-four shots, VISITORS takes viewers on a journey to the moon and back to confront them with themselves.

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