Fando and Lis ()

Fando y Lis (original title)
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Fando and his partially paralyzed lover Lis search for the mythical city of Tar. Based on Jodorowsky's memories of a play by surrealist Fernando Arrabal.


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Fando (as Sergio Klainer)
Diana Mariscal ...
María Teresa Rivas ...
Fando's Mother
Tamara Garina ...
Juan José Arreola ...
Well-Dressed Man with Book (as Juan Jose Arreola)
Rene Rebetez
Miguel Álvarez Acosta ...
(as Lic. Miguel Alvarez Acosta)
Raul Romero
Julio Castillo
Adrián Ramos ...
(as Adrian Ramos)
Henry West
Luis Urias
Junkyard Temptress / Woman with Leg Brace (as Valerie-Jean)
Graciela R. de Mariscal ...
Entertained Woman
Tina French
Fuensanta Zertuche ...
Showgirl (as Fuensanta)
Julia Marichal ...
Woman with Whip
Freddy Marichal
Alejandro Romero
Hector Mariscal
Rosita Oliver
Elizabeth Moore ...
Young Lis
Vicente Moore ...
Young Fando
Greta Cohen
Miguel Kafka
Pablo Leder
Alina Sánchez ...
(as Alina Sanchez)
Roberto Cirou
Antonio Cepeda
Ricardo Montejano
Gabriel Weiss
René Alís ...
(as Rene Alis)
Sergio Rendon
Carlos Acosta
Carlos Ancira ...
Alfonso Toledano ...
Doctor (as Dr. Alfonso Toledano)
Roberto Colmenares
Jacqueline Ducolomb
Carlos Savage
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rafael Corkidi ...
Fando's Father / Well-Dressed Man with Beard (uncredited)
Puppeteer (uncredited)
Samuel Rosemberg ...
Well-Dressed Man with Cane (uncredited)

Directed by

Alejandro Jodorowsky ... (as Alexandro Jodorowsky)

Written by

Fernando Arrabal ... (play)
Fernando Arrabal ... (dialogue) &
Alejandro Jodorowsky ... (dialogue) (as Alexandro Jodorowsky)
Fernando Arrabal ... (screenplay) &
Alejandro Jodorowsky ... (screenplay) (as Alexandro Jodorowsky)

Produced by

Juan López Moctezuma ... producer (as Juan Lopez Moctezuma)
Moshe Rosemberg ... executive producer (as Mauricio Rosemberg)
Samuel Rosemberg ... executive producer
Roberto Viskin ... producer

Music by

Hector Morely
Pepe Ávila ... (as Pepe Avila)

Cinematography by

Rafael Corkidi ... (as Corkidi)
Antonio Reynoso ... (as Reynoso)

Film Editing by

Fernando Suarez

Editorial Department

Jonathan Liebert ... digital cinema mastering

Music Department

Mario Lozua ... musician: percussion

Other crew

Manuel Rosano ... dubbing director


Samuel Rosemberg ... in memory of

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Also Known As
  • Fando and Lis (United States)
  • Fando et Lis (France)
  • Fando és Lis (Hungary)
  • Фандо и Лис (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • Фандо и Лис (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
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  • 93 min
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Budget $100,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia When the film premiered at the 1968 Acapulco Film Festival, the first screening erupted into a riot. Director Alejandro Jodorowsky had to leave the theatre by sneaking outside to a waiting limousine. When the crowd outside the theatre recognized him, the car was pelted with rocks. The following week, the film opened to sell-out crowds in Mexico City, but fights broke out in the audiences and the film was banned by the Mexican government. Jodorowsky himself was nearly deported and the scandal provided a lot of fodder for the Mexican newspapers. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Jodorowsky Constellation (1994). See more »
Quotes [first lines]
Narrator: Once upon a time... a long, long time ago... there was a mystical city, Tar. And at that time all the cities were intact and flourishing, because the final war had not yet begun. When the great catastrophe occurred, all the cities crumbled... except Tar. Tar still exists. If you know where to look for it, you will find it. And when you get there you will be presented with wine and water and play with a gramophone. When you get there, you will help harvest grapes and you will pick up scorpions hidden under white rocks. When you get there... you will know eternity. You'll see a bird that drinks one drop of water from the ocean every hundred years. When you get there, you'll understand life and you'll become a cat, phoenix, swan, elephant, baby and an old man. You'll be alone and accompanied. You'll love and be loved, sharing the same space... and yours will be the seal of seals. As you approach the future, you'll find... Ecstasy. It will overwhelm you and never abandon you.
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