Godfrey Reggio’s “Visitors” will world preem at the Toronto Film Festival, 30 years after the theatrical release of the helmer’s influential cult film “Koyaanisqatsi,” it was announced Wednesday.
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 is the definition of a must-see event for anyone who loves cinema,” added Soderbergh. “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 Toronto fest runs Sept. 5 to 15.