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"Samsara" to Premiere in Canada, September 11, 2011

The 70mm Newsletter
Written by: Thomas HauerslevDate: 04.08.2011
The team behind "Baraka" reunites for another journey around the world, exploring themes of birth, death and rebirth through stunning visuals and music. Images by Magidson Films, Inc.

Ron Fricke's long awaited follow up to "Baraka", his new 65mm production, titled  "Samsara" is to premiere in Canada, September 11, 2011 during the Toronto International Film Festival. "Samsara" is the first film which has been filmed entirely on high resolution 65mm film since Kenneth Branagh's "Hamlet" in 1996. Most of "Samsara" has been filmed with Panavision's System 65.

Toronto International Film Festival has announced the world-premiere on their web site, and hopefully that will create a lot of buzz for the fans of Ron Fricke and 70mm fans alike. "Baraka" also World-premiered in Canada at the Montreal World Film Festival, 30. August 1992.
More in 70mm reading:

"Samsara" outline
"Samsara" Internet Sightings
"Samsara" - in Panavision Super 70 / System 65

A Conversation with Mark Magidson and Ron Fricke

Internet link:

Variety review
Hollywood Reporter review
q/a wth Fricke, Magidson and Gerrad

Magidson Film: "Samsara", "Baraka" and "Chronos"

Toronto International Film Festival

Screening Times

Sunday September 11, 2011
TIFF Bell Lightbox 2, 3:15pm
Tuesday September 13, 2011
TIFF Bell Lightbox 2, 1:15pm
Sunday September 18, 2011
TIFF Bell Lightbox 2, 9:00pm
Producer Mark Magidson is quoted saying:

"After 4 1/2 years in production it is indeed great to finally be able to get the film out into the world."

Indeed, it has been a long wait for many, including the director Ron Fricke, who sent an outline of "Samsara" to 70mm Newsletter not long after the release of "Baraka" - nearly 20 years ago.

The 70mm fans will be probably be disappointed to learn that no 70mm prints have been planned - yet. The premiere in Canada will be a state-of-the-art high-end 4K digital presentation, with full uncompressed 6-track digital sound.

"Samsara". Directed by By Ron Fricke. Language: English. Running time: 1:39 minutes. Format: DCP (D-Cinema). Producer: Mark Magidson. Production Company: Magidson Films, Inc. Screenplay: Ron Fricke, Mark Magidson. Cinematographer: Ron Fricke. Music: Michael Stearns, Lisa Gerrard, Marcello de Francisci.
The Art of the Impossible

Sunday, September 11 - 12:00pm

Mark Lipson – Producer, The Thin Blue Line, Tabloid

Mark Magidson – Producer, Baraka, Samsara

MODERATOR: Thom Powers - Documentary Programmer, Toronto International Film Festival
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Updated 03-04-12