“Koyaanisqatsi is an impressive visual and listening experience.” - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Drawing its title from the Hopi word meaning "life out of balance," this renowned documentary, nearly dialogue-free but bombastically scored by Glass, reveals how humanity has grown apart from nature.


Awards & Nominations
Nominee - Golden Berlin Bear, Berlin International Film Festival
Winner - Winner, Cinema Eye Legacy Award, Cinema Eye Honors Award
Winner - Audience Award, Best Feature, São Paulo International Film Festival


SCORED BY GLASS: Presented in collaboration with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Film Center celebrates the influence and impact of composer Philip Glass with some of our favorite Glass scores. Round out your Glass listening experience with a program of Muti, Uchida, and Philip Glass in Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center February 17-19, as Riccardo Muti conducts Glass’ Eleventh Symphony, a colorful, exuberant score that the composer wrote for his own 80th-birthday celebration.
Details: https://cso.org/performances/21-22/cso-classical/muti-uchida-philip-glass/

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