USA – 2013 – 87 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY GODFREY REGGIO
FEATURING MUSIC BY PHILLIP GLASS
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 of only seventy-four shots, VISITORS takes viewers on a journey to the moon and back to confront them with themselves.
"It’s not a documentary exactly, but a kind of essay film, constructed entirely of images of people (and one endlessly watchable primate) and places drifting across the screen in sumptuous black-and-white, all set to an alternately calm and propulsive Philip Glass score.”
- NOW MAGAZINE
"You are the subject of this film"
- THE WHOLENOTE MAGAZINE
"marvel at VISITORS"
- CBC MUSIC
"lush visuals and an art piece that defies labels or definition"
- NEXT PROJECTION
"The title VISITORS implies that aliens are the subjects. If so, might they be ourselves, the rulers of the planet but also its despoilers? Of course, all of us, with our brief stays here, are, quite literally, visitors to Earth. The word for the film is transfixing."
- NEW YORK TIMES
"...you're free to make of Reggio's art what you will. That's what it's there for."
- NOW MAGAZINE
"...one of the most unique experiences during TIFF 2013"
- THE ARTS SCENE
"TIFF 2013 premiere of VISITORS features TSO playing live"
- THE TORONTO STAR
"A gala with Glass, Godfrey, and Soderbergh"
- EVERYTHING ZOOMER
" I had found myself firmly in the festival’s high-art realm."
- RANDOM HOUSE
"There’s this whole dimension to film that echoes the emotional and the psychological construct of characters that in the theatre you don’t necessarily have access to"
- THE NATIONAL POST
"...the most immersive and controversial experience of the festival so far has been VISITORS by Godfrey Reggio."
- THE WALRUS
"...cinema’s best hope may lie in rebooting the role of the audience, which holds the key to the magic, not just the market."