Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Pi’ is getting a 25th anniversary IMAX re-release
Aronofsky’s first film returns to theaters on Pi Day.
Filmmaker Darren Aronofskythe beginning of the mind, Piwill return to theaters for its 25th anniversary on Pi Day – Tuesday, March 14th. A24 has restored the film, which will be shown exclusively in IMAX theaters.
With Aronofsky’s latest film, The Whale, in contention for this year’s Oscars, A24 has acquired the rights to its 1998 feature debut. It will screen in a one-day IMAX only event, at 6:30pm on March 14; before the screening of the restored film there will be a live Q&A from Los Angeles with Aronofsky and several members of the cast and crew from the 1998 film, including cinematographer Matthew Libatiquewriter Clint Mansella star Sean Gulletteand other special guests.
Shot in high-contrast black-and-white on the streets of New York City, Pi was like nothing else in theaters when it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 1998. Made for a budget of less than $150,000, the film stars Gullette (Requiem for the dream, Rock the Casbah) as obsessive mathematician Max Cohen, whose discovery of a mysterious 216-digit number puts him in conflict with a sinister conspiracy, his own body, and the wrath of God—or, perhaps, just his sanity. Also a star Mark Margolis (break up, Breaking bad), Ben Shenkman (Angels in America, Royal pain) and Samia Shoaib (Reason my love, The Sixth Sense), the film was a critical success, and made back its budget several times over even with a limited theatrical release. It has since gone on to become a cult classic, and launched Aronofsky’s successful directing career.
Darren Aronofsky has maintained an impressive career
Aronofsky continued Pi with the harrowing drama of slavery Requiem for the dream and the wonderful thing The Fountain before achieving mainstream success with 2008 Mickey Rourke square circle drama The Keeper. His next film, the psychological horror film The Black Swan, earned him his first (and so far, only) Best Director Oscar nomination. His next film, the Bible drama Noah, earned him huge success at the box office; but to follow, the Jennifer Lawrence– star allegory mother!proved highly popular among both critics and audiences.
His last picture, The Whalebecame well at theaters, and a star Brendan Fraser vying for Best Actor at this year’s Academy Awards. Aronofsky’s list of unknown projects is almost as long as his actual film; is a remake of Robocopchange of Frank Millerand a graphic novel Roninand Batman: Year One.
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