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The Kronos Quartet in Rehearsal

The Green Fog

Panorama | M/A/D | Special Presentations

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the world-renowned Kronos Quartet perform a live score to a dreamlike new version of the “greatest film of all time.”

Awarded that esteemed title by Sight and Sound’s poll of almost a thousand film experts, Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo has now been reimagined by mad genius Guy Maddin and his collaborators Evan and Galen Johnson. Originally commissioned for the closing gala of the San Francisco International Film Festival, The Green Fog – A San Francisco Fantasia is the furthest thing from a shot-by-shot remake. Aptly described as a “rhapsody” by Maddin, this kaleidoscopic assemblage of Bay Area-based found footage draws from studio classics, noir gems, documentaries, experimental curios and ‘70s primetime television to create a “parallel universe version” of Hitchcock’s 1958 classic that doubles as a dizzying visual experience.

Of course, making this night all the more exhilarating is the San Francisco-based Kronos Quartet’s performance of the propulsive, playful score composed by the ever-imaginative Jacob Garchik. Continuing their spirit of fearless exploration, this performance will see the Quartet adding unusual instrumentation to their characteristically masterful playing. As this is the only Canadian performance of The Green Fog – A San Francisco Fantasia current planned, this is truly an opportunity not to be missed!

"I’m so excited we get to team up with Kronos Quartet to lay some green fog over Vancouver. And what a strange experience it was working on this project. How often does one get to recast the stars of his or her favourite film? Or completely replace its soundtrack with a new one played live? How delightful to move archetypes around like so much furniture in a dream!"—Guy Maddin

For more than 40 years, San Francisco’s Kronos Quartet—David Harrington (violin), John Sherba (violin), Hank Dutt (viola), and Sunny Yang (cello)—has pursued a singular artistic vision, combining a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to continually re-imagining the string quartet experience. In the process, Kronos has become one of the world’s most celebrated and influential ensembles, performing thousands of concerts, releasing more than 60 recordings, collaborating with an eclectic mix of composers and performers, commissioning over 900 works and arrangements for string quartet, and receiving more than 40 awards. Kronos’ work has also featured prominently in a number of films, including two recent Academy Award–nominated documentaries: the AIDS-themed How to Survive a Plague and Dirty Wars. Additional films featuring Kronos’ music include Hochelaga terre des ames, Noah, The Fountain, Requiem for a Dream, Dracula, and Mishima, as well as La grande bellezza (The Great Beauty), 21 Grams, Heat, and True Stories, among others.


Canadian premiere
Country of Origin: USA/Canada
Year: 2017
Running Time: 65 mins
Format: Computer Output
Music: Jacob Garchik, Kronos Quartet
Rehearsal Photo:: SFFILM/Pamela Gentile
Production Company: Extra Large Productions
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