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The Dance of Reality (La danza de la realidad)

The Dance of Reality (La danza de la realidad)
  • 2013
  • Chile | France
  • 130 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Alejandro Jodorowsky
  • Cast: Brontis Jodorowsky, Pamela Flores, Jeremias Herskovits
  • Language: Spanish
  • UK release: 21 August 2015

Young Alejandro (Herskovits), growing up in Chile, suffers at the hands of his brutal communist father Jaime (Jodorowsky). Dreamlike and surprisingly moving autobiopic by the veteran director (El Topo, Santa Sangre), with compassion for those on the sidelines of society.

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From the mind of legendary cult filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky 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…

WINNER, Prix Saint-Germain - Best Foreign Film 2013 | OFFICIAL SELECTION, SXSW Film Festival 2014 | QUINZAINE DES REALISATEURS, Cannes 2013

This movie is an exercise of an imaginary autobiography, not in the sense of fiction, because all of the characters, places and events is real, but in the fact that the deep history of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s life is a constant effort to expand imagination and open its limits, to apprehend its therapeutic potential. Alejandro Jodorowsky was born in Tocopilla, a small town in the middle of the Chilean desert. It was there that he discovered the key aspect of reality and confronted the strong education of a family without roots. With imagination as his main ally, we will understand how one of the principal creators of the last decade was born, understanding why the point of encounter in all his work in different disciplines (Poetry, Philosophy, Cinema, Tarot, etc) is his great imagination.

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The Dance of Reality

17 Aug 20154 stars

Dazzling and heartfelt autobiopic from Chilean auteur Alejandro Jodorowsky

Described by its director as a 'mental atom bomb' and form of family therapy (it features three of his sons), The Dance of Reality is counter-culture icon Alejandro Jodorowsky's seventh feature in a career spanning nearly 60 years. Best known for his…

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