The Dance of Reality
Chile, 2013, 129 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: France
Language: Spanish with English subtitles
ENDS Thursday at the Sie FilmCenter.
The Dance of Reality is the first film in 23 years made by writer/director Alejandro Jodorowsky, a genuine superstar of the international artistic counter-culture, best known for his cult classics El Topo, The Holy Mountain and Santa Sangre. His eagerly-awaited new film is a sensational, outrageous, surreal, hyper-imaginative magical realist dream autobiography of his difficult childhood growing up in a family of Ukrainian-Jewish immigrants in a small coastal town in Chile (Tocopilla, where the film was shot). His father (played by Jodorowsky's son Brontis) is harsh and dominating, an idealistic communist who attempts to assassinate a plutocratic general; his big-bosomed, over-protective mother (Pamela Flores), sings all her lines opera-style, often nude. Jodorowsky himself appears as a spirit guide to his youthful self (Jeremias Herskovits). 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. An unforgettable and unique film.
DIRECTOR: Alejandro Jodorowsky