2020 life has changed drastically for everyone including film festivals. Some festivals got cancelled others adapted and for Toronto Film Festival will be different this year. Today the festival organisers announced Spike Lee directed filmed version of the Broadway-acclaimed David Byrne’s American Utopia.
The film documents musical innovator and former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne’s powerful Broadway show, where he performs songs on stage and shares the spotlight with 11 musicians from around the world, including Toronto’s own Jacquelene Acevedo. Lee masterfully directs a transformative experience, as the show raises social and political issues, revealing how audiences can come together during challenging times through the power of entertainment.
“Spike Lee has somehow always been exactly of his moment and ahead of his time,” said Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director and Co-Head, TIFF. “With David Byrne’s American Utopia, he brings Byrne’s classic songs and joyous stagecraft to the screen just when we need it. Spike’s latest joint is a call to connect with one another, to protest injustice, and, above all, to celebrate life.”
American Utopia is Spike Lee‘s second film of 2020. His first film is the recently released Da 5 Bloods on Netflix. Originally Lee was set to big a player at this years Cannes Film Festival with one of his films was expected to premiere, (probably Da 5 Bloods). Now it’s time to to shine at Toronto!
American Utopia is expected to premiere on HBO in the Autumn, UK release details not confirmed yet.