DAVID BYRNE'S AMERICAN UTOPIA 101 mins

Tuesday, 1 December 8:15PM

  • DAVID BYRNE'S AMERICAN UTOPIA
  • DAVID BYRNE'S AMERICAN UTOPIA
  • DAVID BYRNE'S AMERICAN UTOPIA
  • DAVID BYRNE'S AMERICAN UTOPIA
  • DAVID BYRNE'S AMERICAN UTOPIA
  • DAVID BYRNE'S AMERICAN UTOPIA
  • DAVID BYRNE'S AMERICAN UTOPIA

DAVID BYRNE’S AMERICAN UTOPIA was the Opening Night film of this year's Toronto Film Festival and marks a unique collaboration between two visionary artists, David Byrne and Spike Lee. 

David Byrne’s Broadway show is a one-of-a-kind film directed by Oscar and Emmy-winner Spike Lee. Recorded during its late 2019 to early 2020 run at Broadway’s Hudson Theatre in New York City, Byrne is joined by an ensemble of 11 musicians, singers, American Utopia brings the Talking Heads frontman’s critically acclaimed and dancers from around the globe, inviting audiences into a joyous dreamworld where human connection, self-evolution, and social justice are paramount.

The special includes performances of songs from Byrne’s 2018 solo album of the same name, in addition to popular Talking Heads favourites such as “Once in a Lifetime” and “Burning Down the House.” The musical numbers accompanied with brief monologues allow Byrne to address various sociopolitical topics from police brutality, immigration, climate change, to the critical upcoming election.

"One of the Best Movies of it's Kind." Indiewire

"A flat-out masterpiece." Rolling Stone

"Simply spectacular." The Hollywood Reporter

"Thrilling...playful and entrancing." Variety

"Should be required viewing for everyone." Uproxx

"Breathtaking." Roger Ebert

"Electrifying." AV Club

"Beautiful." Slash Film

"Rich & vibrant." The Wrap

"Euphoric." Consequence of Sound

Warning: This film contains strobe lighting



4stars
A thrilling treat for fans."
The Guardian

A flatout masterpiece
Rolling Stone

All upcoming sessions for this film ...

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