One of my favorite films so far this year is Frank Pavich’s lavish and fascinating documentary, Jodorowsky’s Dune, a riveting tale of probably the best film never made. It was so entertaining because of Alejandro Jodorowsky, one of the all-time great cult filmmakers and an absolute character, someone you can’t believe is real, but at the same time is completely genuine and inspiring.
His films, El Topo and Holy Mountain, practically created the cult midnight movie phenomenon, with audiences the world over discovering his wacky, psychedelic films in art-house cinemas during the 1970’s and beyond. Enter The Dance of Reality, Alejandro Jodorowsky’s return to movies, coming 23 years after his last project (The Rainbow Thief). Judging from film stills and the trailer (below), Jodorowsky is up to his tricks. The film’s zany synopsis:
“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.
Yes, The Dance of Reality stars his son playing Jodorowsky’s father, and includes himself as a guide to his younger self, and a “big-bosomed” woman singing all her lines opera style. Suffice to say, The Dance of Reality is going to be bizarre and awesome. If you find yourself in the LA area, you’ll be able to see it very soon. The Dance of Reality is playing at Landmark Theatres’ NuArt, from May 23rd to May 29th at 2:30, 5:30 and 8:30 (with an 11:30 matinee on the weekends).
The NuArt Theatre does Cine Insomnia screenings every Friday night ’round Midnight, and timed with The Dance of Reality‘s theatrical release, the NuArt is giving us all a chance to see El Topo and The Holy Mountain on the big screen. I’ve never seen them, and suffice to say, I’ll be there. El Topo will be playing Friday May 23rd at Midnight (tix here), whereas The Holy Mountain is screening Friday May 30th at Midnight (tix here).
For more information on the film, check out its website. To buy tickets and check out showtimes at Landmark’s NuArt Theatre, go here. The NuArt Theatre is located at 11272 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles 90025.
Check out these official film stills below: