After the UK successfully saw cult classic Donnie Darko return to cinemas late last year, it’s now the turn of the USA to witness the 4K restoration of Richard Kelly’s cult hit, courtesy of Arrow Films.
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 an absolute favourite for film fans across the globe.
Starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, the late legend Patrick Swayze, Drew Barrymore, Mary McDonnell, Katharine Ross, and Noah Wyle. The 4K restoration will premiere at the Vista in Los Angeles on March 30, and officially open in Los Angeles at the Cinefamily and in New York at Metrograph on March 31.
The brand-new restoration was produced by Arrow Films from the original camera negatives and supervised and approved by Kelly and cinematographer Steven Poster. It 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 and the re-release opened nationwide in the UK on December 23, 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.
Donnie Darko will also return for week-long runs in Denver, Columbus, Cleveland, Dallas, Pittsburgh, Phoenix, Tempe, Tulsa and San Francisco on March 31st, and in El Paso, Portland and Detroit on April 7.
Special screenings include Jacksonville, Austin, Dallas, Honolulu, Lubbock, Baton Rouge, Sioux Falls, Oklahoma City, Tucson, Durham and Stamford throughout March and April.