Koyaanisqatsi is one of those films people either love, hate, or fall asleep on because they got too high. We personally love it (enough to have spelled that title from memory), which is why the above trailer just made. our. day. Behold your first look at “Visitors,” the fourth film — and the first in over a decade — directed by Godfrey Reggio and soundtracked by the East Village’s own Philip Glass (they also collaborated on Powaqqatsi and Naqoyqatsi). For this one, it looks like Reggio has opted for the Inkwell filter, and Glass — well, he’s just doing Glass.
Back in May, Steven Soderbergh, who’s “presenting” the film much like Francis Ford Coppola presented Koyaanisqatsi 31 years ago, gave Indiewire an idea of what to expect: “It’s connected to the other Qatsi films in the sense it’s Godfrey’s wordless take on a certain subject, but he’s changed his game here. There’s more directing in it, more things he’s specifically staging for the camera than he’s done before, and there are performers in the film.” And apparently the protagonist (wait, there’s a protagonist?) is a “wise gorilla.”
Visitors premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival, with live orchestral accompaniment, next month. While you await news of the US premiere, watch the trailer and visit the film’s website for your perpetual loop of new Glass.