Donnie Darko Returns to Theaters In 4K Restoration

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A cult favorite among genre fans, Richard Kelly’s 2001 classic, Donnie Darko, will return to theaters for weeklong runs in Los Angeles and New York. In case you’re feeling left out, other locations are listed below. The rescreening will happen on March 31st, and in 4K!

Following a wildly successful re-release in the UK for its 15th anniversary, the film will return to theaters in cities across the United States. Fifteen years before Stranger Things combined science-fiction, Spielberg-ian touches and ‘80s nostalgia to much acclaim, Kelly set the template and the benchmark with his debut feature, Donnie Darko. Initially beset with distribution problems, it would slowly find its audience and emerge as arguably the first cult classic of the new millennium. The 4K restoration of Donnie Darko will premiere at the Vista in Los Angeles on March 30th, and officially open in Los Angeles at the Cinefamily and in New York at Metrograph on March 31st.

Described by director Richard Kelly as “The Catcher in the Rye as told by Philip K. Dick,” Donnie Darko combines an eye-catching, eclectic cast: pre-stardom Jake (Nightcrawler, Brokeback Mountain, Nocturnal Animals) and Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Honourable Woman, The Dark Knight), Jena Malone (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Neon Demon), the late heartthrob Patrick Swayze (Dirty Dancing, Ghost), Drew Barrymore (E.T., Grey Gardens, Santa Clarita Diet), Oscar nominees Mary McDonnell (Dances With Wolves, Passion Fish, Battlestar Galactica), and Katharine Ross (The Graduate, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Stepford Wives), and television favorite Noah Wyle (ER, Falling Skies), and an evocative soundtrack of ‘80s classics by Echo and the Bunnymen, Tears for Fears, and Duran Duran.

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The brand-new 4K restoration was produced by Arrow Films from the original camera negatives and supervised and approved by Kelly and cinematographer Steven Poster. The 4K restoration premiered to a packed audience at the National Film Theatre in London on December 17, 2016, with an introduction by Richard Kelly. A screening of the Director’s Cut followed the next day. The re-release opened nationwide in the UK on December 23rd, eventually grossing £70,000.

Both the theatrical cut and the director’s cut are being made available to venues via a partnership with Cartilage Films, and locations will vary.

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Additional Screening Cities:

Donnie Darko will also return for weeklong runs in Denver, Columbus, Pittsburgh, Phoenix, and San Francisco on March 31st, and in El Paso and Detroit on April 7th.

Special screenings include Jacksonville, Austin, Dallas, Honolulu, Lubbock, Baton Rouge, Sioux Falls, Oklahoma City, Tucson, Durham, and Stamford throughout March and April.

March 31st Theatrical Release:

The Cinefamily
611 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

7 Ludlow St
New York, NY 10002

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Donnie Darko Synopsis:

Donnie is a troubled high school student: in therapy, prone to sleepwalking, and in possession of an imaginary friend, a six-foot rabbit named Frank, who tells him the world is going to end in 28 days, 6 hours, 42 minutes, and 12 seconds. During that time he will navigate teenage life, narrowly avoid death in the form of a falling jet engine, follow Frank’s maladjusted instructions and try to maintain the space-time continuum.

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