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.


THREADS
1984, Severin Films, 112 min, UK/Australia/USA, Dir: Mick Jackson

As current as it ever has been, THREADS supposes that nuclear war breaks out and examines the effect it has upon the citizens of Sheffield, England. Shot in a cinema verite style and pulling no punches, THREADS captures the harrowing experiences that could happen if the bomb is ever dropped. A far cry from “duck and cover” educational films, this is a chilling look at the wrath of atomic annihilation.


THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS
LA BATTAGLIA DI ALGERI
1966, Rialto Pictures, 121 min, Algeria/Italy, Dir: Gillo Pontecorvo

The Algerian struggle for independence is presented in a compelling, ultra-realistic style by director Gillo Pontecorvo in this landmark docudrama. Refusing to make villains of either the colonialist French or the bomb-throwing rebels, Pontecorvo weaves a morally complex, dramatically riveting tapestry that presents a balanced yet passionate view of revolution.


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