ENDLESS POETRY
POESÍA SIN FIN
2016, ABKCO Films, 128 min, Chile/UK/France, Dir: Alejandro Jodorowsky

Continuing the autobiographical story begun in THE DANCE OF REALITY, this film takes place in Chile in the 1940s, when the 20-year-old Jodorowsky leaves home to pursue his dream of becoming a poet, and is introduced into the bohemian and artistic inner circle of Santiago. Living among inspirational artists including Enrique Lihn, Stella Diaz Varín and Nicanor Parra (all unknowns at the time, who would later become driving forces of 20th-century Hispanic literature), Jodorowsky’s journey of sensual experimentation leads him to realize his innermost desires and passions. An ode to the quest for beauty and inner truth, as a universal force capable of changing one’s life forever, ENDLESS POETRY bursts with Jodorowsky’s unique surreal and psychedelic visual language.


THE DANCE OF REALITY
LA DANZA DE LA REALIDAD
2013, ABKCO Films, 133 min, France/Chile, Dir: Alejandro Jodorowsky

Visionary Chilean filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky (EL TOPO, THE HOLY MOUNTAIN) returns after a 23-year hiatus with this radiantly visceral autobiographical film. Shot in the coastal town on the edge of the Chilean desert where the director was born, the film follows a young Jodorowsky as he is confronted by a collection of compelling characters that contributed to his burgeoning surreal consciousness. Blending his personal history with metaphor, mythology and poetry, THE DANCE OF REALITY reflects Jodorowsky’s philosophy that reality is not objective but rather a “dance” created by our own imaginations.


THE HOLY MOUNTAIN
1973, ABKCO Films, 114 min, Dir: Alejandro Jodorowsky

Alejandro Jodorowsky tells another story of one man's spiritual quest: This time the character is a thief who travels to the titular mount to find a group of alleged "immortals." Jodorowsky adds a layer of self-conscious irony to the proceedings, constantly drawing the audience's attention to the artifice of the filmmaking in sequences that expose the mechanisms of the special effects or show characters bleeding blue instead of red. In Spanish with English subtitles.


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