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Th 84-year-old director rolled into Cannes this week to discuss his latest film La Danza de la Realidad, a magic-realist memoir of his youth. He talks about his troubled childhood, his passion for psychomagic – and why ageing doesn't trouble him
Missing, believed lost, Alejandro Jodorowsky rolls into Cannes like a conquering hero. He has a room at the Croisette and a film in the directors' fortnight – a rambunctious sidebar away from the Palais. "I am like the rain, I go where I'm needed," the director explains. "If I were in the big house, with the red carpet and photographers and all the fancy women, I would be ashamed." He has always been happier way out on the fringes.
Jodorowsky turned 84 last birthday. He has white hair, bright eyes and a crocodile smile. It is now more than four decades since he thrilled the faithful as El Topo, a mysterious gunslinger in rabbinical black, »
- Xan Brooks
Life goes by like a dream — and sometimes a nightmare — in “The Dance of Reality,” an “imaginary autobiography” by legendary cult filmmaker (and self-proclaimed “psychomagician”) Alejandro Jodorowsky that marks the octogenarian Chilean helmer’s first feature in the 23 years since the barely released job-for-hire “The Rainbow Thief.” As purely personal a film as Jodorowsky has ever made, “Dance” features no shortage of the bizarro imagery and willful atonalities that have long been his stock-in-trade, but it all seems to stem from a more sincere, coherent place this time than in the flamboyant head movies (“El Topo,” “The Holy Mountain”) that made him a star of the 1970s midnight movie scene. By turns playful, tragic and surprisingly light on its feet, this welcome comeback — “rebirth” might be more in keeping with pic’s own spirit — should keep its maker fully booked on the fest circuit, with arthouse theatrical play also likely in key territories. »
- Scott Foundas
Founded on the iffy premise, raised here by Nicolas Winding Refn, that the combination of a cult book plus a cult director would have equaled a bigger-than-“Star Wars” worldwide sci-fi sensation, “Jodorowsky’s Dune” indulges one of film history’s more entertaining “what if” stories. Before David Lynch spectacularly botched a bigscreen adaptation of Frank Herbert’s “Dune,” Alejandro Jodorowsky, cinema’s shaman of psychedelia, had a spectacular go at the job. Nearly 40 years later, first-time director Frank Pavich attempts to re-create that vision (in our imaginations, at least). Expect fanboys to flip and minds to be blown over the highly entertaining result.
The year was 1974. After almost singlehandedly inventing the midnight-movie phenomenon with “El Topo,” Jodorowsky had scored a second hit — in France, at least — with his massive head trip, “The Holy Mountain,” prompting producer Michel Seydoux to encourage whatever project the director might want to do next. »
- Peter Debruge
Of the many promising films by some of our favourite directors premiering at Cannes, my most anticipated film is Alejandro Jodorowsky’s The Dance Of Reality, the filmmakers first film in 23 years. At the age of 84, Jodorowsky who hasn’t made a film since 1990′s The Rainbow Thief, has returned to his hometown of Tocopilla in the Chilean desert to create a kind of magic-realist memoir of his father, Jaime Jodorowsky. The French/Chilean filmmaker, the man behind several cult hits including El Topo and The Holy Mountain, is widely known around the world as the creator of psycho-magic, a therapeutical technique that heals through metaphorical acts that appeal to the subconscious by combining literature, psychoanalysis, eastern philosophy, and magic. Although a controversial character, his work has long captivated fans because of its unusual essence. The very first clip from his new film has found its way online, and as expected, »
Jodorowsky returns with his first feature film in over twenty years – his last being the rather disappointing and atypical The Rainbow Thief – the bewitching La Danza de la Realidad (The Dance of Reality). An adaptation of his autobiographical book of the same name La Danza de la Realidad is obviously a deeply personal work but it is not a film that it is anywhere near as difficult to connect to as something like The Holy Mountain, a dazzlingly beautiful but near impenetrable riddle of a film.
Jodorowsky has lost none of his wit or imagination since making films such as The Holy Mountain, El Topo or Santa Sangre and despite La Danza de la Realidad being a far easier film to understand and appreciate immediately than his previous works it is still far, far, far from a straightforward film.
Beginning with Jodorowsky appearing on screen and delivering an introductory monologue »
- Craig Skinner
For all the Goslings and Grays and Gatsbys on the Croisette, for some, the biggest news at Cannes this year is the return of Alejandro Jodorowsky. The French/Chilean filmmaker, the man behind cult hits "El Topo" and "The Holy Mountain," hasn't made a film for 23 years, since 1990's "The Rainbow Thief," is now all over Cannes; a documentary about his ill-fated attempt to film "Dune" is premiering, and his return to directing with "The Dance Of Reality" just screened this morning. An adaptation of his own memoir that's drawing comparisons to Fellini, we haven't yet caught the film, but the word is pretty good (read Indiewire's take here). To tide us, and yourselves over, a new trailer for the film has arrived from French distributors Pathe, and it looks very, very promising indeed, not least for Jodorowsky fans. Take a look below. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
The Directors Fortnight announced its full lineup on Tuesday, including nine short films and 21 features which will run parallel to the Cannes Film Festival in May. Notable selections include the Ruairi Robinson’s sci-fi film Last Days on Mars, starring Liev Schreiber (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Romola Garai (The Hour), and Olivia Williams (Rushmore), and Sebastian Silva’s thriller Magic Magic, about a tourist in Chile who starts to experience a metal breakdown, with Juno Temple (Killer Joe) and Michael Cera (Arrested Development).
- Lindsey Bahr
#31. Alejandro Jodorowsky’s The Dance of Reality
Gist: Alejandro Jodorowsky has published 23 novels, but it’s his autobiography that the 84 year-old Chilean director has decided to film, set (naturally) in his hometown of Tocopilia – breaking a two decades plus hiatus (the chances of us ever seeing King Shot – by all indications an actual Jodorowsky picture – have become miniscule to non-existent). Jodorowsky’s son Adan will play the role of his father in the film, so it appears to be more fiction than documentary at the moment.
Prediction: According to a status update from Jodorowsky’s son Adan last January, the film is set to be finished editing in March or April of 2013, which would put this perfectly in line for an Out of Competition or Special Screening – or maybe even one of those contemporary Cannes Classics offerings, depending on just how much of Jodorowsky’s filmmaking career is detailed in the film. »
- Blake Williams
Anchor Bay Films kicks off the 2013 Sundance Film Festival with the pick-up of The Rambler starring Dermot Mulroney (My Best Friend's Wedding, The Grey). Written and directed by Calvin Lee Reeder, the film is set to premiere on Monday, January 21st (11:59pm) during Park City at Midnight. The agreement covers theatrical, home entertainment, television and digital distribution rights in the North America, the U.K. and Australia. Today's announcement was made by Anchor Bay Entertainment's President Bill Clark.
"Anchor Bay is the perfect partner for Calvin's film The Rambler," stated Kevin Kasha, Executive Vice President, Acquisitions and Co-Productions. "It has all the elements that our fans truly love and we look forward to working with Calvin."
Xyz Films' (The Raid) co-founder Nate Bolotin produced alongside Brooklyn Reptyle Films' Roger M. Mayer and Christo Dimassis. Clayton Young of Benaroya Pictures is also producing on behalf of Aka Pictures along with James Lesjek. »
9 items from 2013
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