Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Roger Waters The Wall to premiere at Toronto International Film Festival

“Roger Waters: The Wall”, a documentary shot during the former Pink Floyd member’s three-year solo tour, will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival next month.

The Wall Live tour brought the famed 1979 Pink Floyd album to arenas and stadiums around the world between 2010 and 2013. Waters played 219 dates that brought in a total of approximately $458 million dollars in box office revenue.

“Roger Waters: The Wall” was shot in three cities across two continents by co-directors Waters and Sean Evans.

The film, like the piece of music on which it is based, is also drenched in Waters' politics and memories. Scarred by the fact that his father was killed in action in Italy in 1944, when Roger was not yet six months old, his work is a plea for peace and understanding — as "walls" create fear, misunderstanding, and often lead to war and death.

“Roger Waters: The Wall” includes a highly personal and moving journey through France and Italy as Waters visits the WWI cemetery in which his grandfather, killed in 1916, is buried, and the monument near the Anzio beaches on which his father's name is inscribed.

On the hundredth anniversary of the First World War's outbreak, this film shows that art so often springs from memory — and we can never forget.

"Ever since The Wall was released, it has become one of the classic rock albums of all time," said TIFF Director and CEO Piers Handling. "Its popularity continues and its message is still timely. Deeply affected by his father's and grandfather's deaths in the two world wars, Roger Waters has crafted a plea to tear down the walls that lead to misunderstandings and wars. This powerful performance film allows Roger to explore what The Wall still means to him as he performs it in front of tens of thousands of fans, and visits more personal places that resonate with meaning on the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War."

"Roger Waters: The Wall" will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 6th – for details and a list of showtimes, visit tiff.net

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