Visitors, from Koyaanisqatsi-director Godfrey Reggio

More than three decades after Koyaanisqatsi, director Godfrey Reggio has created Visitors, another wordless collaboration with Philip Glass and Jon Kane. It will premiere next month at the Toronto International Film Festival, accompanied by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

"Presented by Steven Soderbergh in stunning black and white 4K digital 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."

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  1. You've not seen Koyaanisqatsi, have you? grin

    It sounds like it's about precisely what the précis says. Those faces staring at you in the trailer, did you not feel some elemental kinship and recognition? A blurring of self and other? A feeling of spiralling around some locus of presque vu, almost seeing? The film will be more of the same, but with our reactions to technology involved.

    Anyway, enough silly words.

    Edit: Actually no, not enough.

    I'd also like to say that watching the people in the trailer watching you back was hypnotic. It was trance-inducing. But they aren't watching you. They're watching something else. Media of some kind, perhaps. Something technological. And they're in a trance, too.

    "Visitors" reveals humanity's trancelike relationship with technology

    Another trailer

  2. The trailer seems to be pretty indicative of what the whole film will be like. It looks to be beautiful!

  3. Well, Koyaanisqatsi was about our relationship with nature, Powaqqatsi with other cultures, Naqoyqatsi with control, and this is about our relationship with technology. I mean, if the others pose no problems then I really don't see why this should.

  4. It might be nonsense to you, but both the trailers and the text were perfectly lucid as far as I'm concerned; I very much look forward to watching the whole thing. I really wonder what it is that you're not getting here -- because, believe me, jimmosk and I are getting it loud and clear.

  5. If you ever have to do any christmas shopping on the 24th of December in the busiest shopping street your city has to offer, I heartily recommend Koyaanisqatsi on full blast from your headphones as your soundtrack of choice. It will turn that trip into an almost artistic experience.

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