Donnie Darko to be Re-Released Across U.S. for 15th Anniversary

Donnie Darko to be Re-Released Across U.S. for 15th Anniversary

Donnie Darko to be Re-Released Across U.S. for 15th Anniversary

See a 2001 Jake Gyllenhaal, and his talking rabbit, in a new 4k restoration.

See a 2001 Jake Gyllenhaal, and his talking rabbit, in a new 4k restoration.

Text: Thomas Freeman

In honor of the 15th anniversary of Donnie Darko, the movie that gave us Jake Gyllenhaal, a 4k restoration of the surreal cult classic will screen across the country beginning March 31.

The mindfreak of a film follows a mentally ill teenager who, after going off his medications, begins seeing an apparition of a giant talking rabbit, Frank, who warns the world will end in 28 days. The film’s blend of science fiction, psychological horror, and angsty high school melodrama made it something of a Catcher in the Rye for the Prozac generation.

Donnie Darko debuted to middling box office results but quickly caught on with indie buffs. Now, it is widely regarded as one of the most memorable films of the 21st century and also “the trippiest movie ever” by your college roommate.

The re-release will premiere on March 30 at the Vista Theatre in Los Angeles with writer/director Richard Kelly and undisclosed cast members in attendance. Perhaps Jake, his sister Maggie, Drew Barrymore or Jenna Malone will drop in.

On March 31, screenings will begin at The Cinefamily in Los Angeles and Metrograph in New York before spreading across the country. See all selected venues on the Cartilage Films website.

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