When famed cult director Alejandro Jodorowsky was 23 years old, he cut off all relations with his family, moved to Paris, and began his career as a “panic” theatre director, then as a film director, making such bizarre surrealistic films El Topo and Santa Sangre which would earn him art-house fame as one of the most imaginative directors of the twentieth century.
Now— 23 years later— at the age of 86, Alejandro has unexpectedly come up with a new film: The Dance of Reality. The legendary filmmaker was born in 1929 in Tocopilla, a coastal town on the edge of the Chilean desert, where the film was shot.
More than any of his other films, it directly confronts the personal issues that have led him to go so far in his imaginative ventures.
The film depicts his memories of pre-adolescence: bullied by anti-Semitic locals, possessed by his grandfather’s hair, and raised by a father plotting to assassinate the president. What’s supposed to be autobiographical is a series of increasingly mindboggling set-pieces drifting from dream to nightmare within the blink of an eye.
Get ready as Jodorowsky pulls out all the stops in this one – full frontal nudity, sexualized violence, characters urinating on each other, Nazi uniforms and even drag queens and dwarves in fancy dress!
This is the work of someone coming to terms with their past, transmuting the traumas of childhood into the building blocks of adult awareness.
WATCH The Dance of Reality on World Movies Wednesday 29 November 8.30pm.