Synopsis

From the mind of legendary cult filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky (El Topo, High Mountain) comes an epic imaginary autobiography depicting both the wonders and the hardships of existing in the substance we all call reality. True to form, Jodorowsky takes us on a strange, mystical, fantastical and deeply surreal journey that no one else could; except this time the subject is his own early life, being raised by his strict, Stalin-adoring father who has plans to assassinate the right-wing Chilean president...

Director

Alejandro Jodorowsky
Alejandro Jodorowsky has only made seven feature films in the space of 45 years, but is hugely popular among fans of cinematographic oddities. In the 1970s, he was a star of the underground scene, a genuine superstar of international artistic counter-culture. Having been unable to make films that matched his outrageous ambitions, he dedicated himself for many years to literature, comic strip and teaching tarot, before returning to directing with The Dance of Reality. Jodorowsky is a visionary filmmaker, a fashionable category in an age of psychedelia, with a new permissiveness in terms of sex and violence, which saw him favourably compared to Kubrick or Fellini, but also to many forgotten minor masters. Jodorowsky has always found himself between the two, worshipped by fans of rock or science fiction for his abundant imagination and the power of his imagery, but not really taken seriously by the guardians of the cinematic temple who considered him like a lovable cowboy who’d overdone it on the magic mushrooms. Yet Jodorowsky is an incredible cineaste, each of his films tracing the path of an adventure, vision or experience ever more crazy, terrifying or dangerous, comparable to the work of Dario Argento or Werner Herzog.

Cast

Brontis Jodorowsky: Jaime Pamela Flores: Sara Jeremias Herskovits: Alejandro as a child Alejandro Jodorowsky: Alejandro as an adult Bastian Bodenhöfer: Carlos Ibáñez


Details

Original title: La Danza de la Realidad DVD catalogue number: ART759DVD Blu-ray catalogue number: ART153BD

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Out now on DVD, Blu-ray & on demand

GENRE: Drama

CERTIFICATE: 18

DIRECTOR: Alejandro Jodorowsky

CAST:
Brontis Jodorowsky: Jaime
Pamela Flores: Sara
Jeremias Herskovits: Alejandro as a child
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DURATION: 133 Mins

COUNTRIES: France, Chile

LANGUAGES: Spanish

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  • “Euphoric, erotic, despairing”

    Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian


  • “An unexpected delight... even in its more fantastical and whimsical moments, the film has trenchant points to make about fascism and inequality”

    Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent


  • “Dazzling and heartfelt”

    Emma Simmonds, The List


  • “Rich, warm and wonderful”

    Kieron Tyler, The Arts Desk

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