The Dance of Reality

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La danza de la realidad

“The extinct volcano of underground cinema has burst into life once again – with a bizarre, chaotic and startling film.” — Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Year: 2013
Country: Chile, France
Running time: 130 mins
Genres: Comedy

Screenplay: Alejandro Jodorowsky
Producers: Michel Seydoux, Moisés Cosio, Alejandro Jodorowsky
Photography: Jean-Marie Dreujou
Editor: Maryline Monthieux
Production designer: Alisarine Ducoloms
Costume designer: Pascale Montandon-Jodorowsky
Music: Adan Jodorowsky
Sound: Claudio Vargas
In Spanish with English subtitles

With: Brontis Jodorowsky (Jaime), Pamela Flores (Sara), Jeremias Herskovits (Alejandro, child), Alejandro Jodorowsky (Alejandro, adult), Bastián Bodenhöfer (Carlos Ibáñez), Andres Cox (Don Aquiles), Adan Jodorowsky (anarchist), Cristobal Jodorowsky (Theosopher)

Festivals: Cannes (Directors’ Fortnight) 2013

Our ultimate post-Closing Night extravagance is a special one-off New Zealand screening of cult filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky’s stunning return to the screen for the first time in over 20 years. Gloriously entertaining and frequently funny, Jodorowsky’s Dance takes us on a surreal journey back to his childhood and his tumultuous relationship with his fiercely idealistic, Stalin-admiring father.

“As purely personal a film as Jodorowsky has ever made, Dance of Reality 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…

This carnivalesque memory film (with particular echoes of Fellini’s and Amarcord) transports us to the director’s childhood hometown of Tocopilla, on Chile’s northern coast, where we first meet young Alejandro (Jeremias Herskovits), along with his father, Jaime (very well played by Jodorwosky’s real-life son Brontis), and mother, Sara (Pamela Flores), whose enormous bosom could serve as a storm shelter and who sings all her dialogue in a trilling soprano.” — Scott Foundas, Variety

“Everything you wanted to know about Alejandro Jodorowsky but never imagined asking can be found in The Dance Of Reality, a joyously idiosyncratic exercise in imagined autobiography… A surprisingly witty, accessible magical mystery tour through his past that has cult potential in every baroque, eye-popping frame.” — Allan Hunter, Screendaily