Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Godfrey Reggio’s VISITORS, with an original score by Philip Glass and presented by Steven Soderbergh, will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September in ‘stunning’ 4K digital projection with live accompaniment by Members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Michael Riesman.

VISITORS is described by the festival as the fourth feature length collaboration between Godfrey Reggio (Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi and Naqoyqatsi) and famed composer Philip Glass, together with filmmaker Jon Kane. The filmmakers advance their previous work by incorporating 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. 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.

The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival runs September 5 to 15.

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