Terrence Malick's Imax 'Voyage of Time' to Premiere in Toronto

Voyage of Time Life's Journey - Still 2-H 2016
Courtesy of TIFF

The fest earlier booked a feature-length version of the 'Tree of Life' filmmaker's voyage to the cosmos, narrated by Cate Blanchett, for a North American bow after Venice.

The Toronto Film Festival is to screen a feature-length version and a separate 45-minute Imax cut of Terrence Malick's universe documentary Voyage of Time, with Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett as narrators.

Toronto on Tuesday said it was giving Voyage of Time: The Imax Experience, the super-size version, narrated by Pitt, a world premiere on Sept. 10. Fest programmers earlier booked Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey, the 90-minute cut narrated by Blanchett, for a North American premiere in Toronto after debuting in Venice on Wednesday.

Voyage of Time is described as a celebration of the Earth from the birth of the universe to its final collapse. "It’s an honor to have the world and North American premieres of the two versions of Malick’s magnum opus, one of the most remarkable cinematic experiences of the year," Piers Handling, director and CEO of the festival, said in a statement.

Malick has been working on the project since the 1970s in collaboration with visual effects artist Dan Glass (The Matrix Trilogy, Batman Begins). The more immersive Voyage of Time: The Imax Experience will be released exclusively into Imax theaters on Oct. 7.

The Toronto Film Festival is set to run from Sept. 8 to 18.