Bruce Springsteen‘s new Western Stars concert movie got its world premiere Thursday at the Toronto International Film Festival, and now comes word that the flick will be shown in select theaters across North America on October 19 and 23.
The screenings also will feature an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the flick, including previously unseen archival footage and unreleased music from Bruce’s archives.
As previously reported, Western Stars features footage of Springsteen performing all 13 songs from his latest album of the same name, in front of a small audience in a 100-year-old barn that he owns. He’s accompanied by a 30-piece orchestra and some of the musicians who contributed to the record.
The performance segments are interspersed with sweeping, cinematic footage of the Western U.S. Springsteen also contributes a narrative voiceover, musing on his life and reflecting on the themes on which he touches on Western Stars‘ songs, such as love, loss, loneliness, family and the American dream.
Some archival footage also is incorporated into the movie, including home movies from Springsteen’s honeymoon with his wife, E Street Band backing singer Patti Scialfa, who also takes part in the concert performance.
RollingStone.com reports that during a Q&A at the Toronto premiere, Bruce explained that the film was the final part of “a story I haven’t really told before” that includes his 2016 autobiography, Born to Run, and his Springsteen on Broadway residency. The website also revealed that a Western Stars soundtrack album will be released.
Western Stars was co-directed by Springsteen and his frequent collaborator Thom Zimny, and marks Bruce’s directorial debut.
You can order tickets for the October 19 and 23 Western Stars screenings at FathomEvents.com. The film will go into wide theatrical release Friday, October 25.
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