ENDLESS POETRY
POESÍA SIN FIN
2016, ABKCO Films, 128 min, Chile/UK/France, Dir: Alejandro Jodorowsky

Continuing the autobiographical story begun in THE DANCE OF REALITY, this film takes place in Chile in the 1940s, when the 20-year-old Jodorowsky leaves home to pursue his dream of becoming a poet, and is introduced into the bohemian and artistic inner circle of Santiago. Living among inspirational artists including Enrique Lihn, Stella Diaz Varín and Nicanor Parra (all unknowns at the time, who would later become driving forces of 20th-century Hispanic literature), Jodorowsky’s journey of sensual experimentation leads him to realize his innermost desires and passions. An ode to the quest for beauty and inner truth, as a universal force capable of changing one’s life forever, ENDLESS POETRY bursts with Jodorowsky’s unique surreal and psychedelic visual language.


THE DANCE OF REALITY
LA DANZA DE LA REALIDAD
2013, ABKCO Films, 133 min, France/Chile, Dir: Alejandro Jodorowsky

Visionary Chilean filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky (EL TOPO, THE HOLY MOUNTAIN) returns after a 23-year hiatus with this radiantly visceral autobiographical film. Shot in the coastal town on the edge of the Chilean desert where the director was born, the film follows a young Jodorowsky as he is confronted by a collection of compelling characters that contributed to his burgeoning surreal consciousness. Blending his personal history with metaphor, mythology and poetry, THE DANCE OF REALITY reflects Jodorowsky’s philosophy that reality is not objective but rather a “dance” created by our own imaginations.


FIRST THEY KILLED MY FATHER
2017, Netflix, 136 min, Cambodia/USA, Dir: Angelina Jolie

This shattering child’s-eye view of the Cambodian genocide is based on the memoir of survivor Loung Ung, who was 5 years old when Khmer Rouge forces took control of Phnom Penh in 1975. Played by newcomer Sreymoch Sareum, Loung is separated from her parents, brothers and sisters and forced to work harvesting food for the army before she is eventually turned into a child soldier herself. “An engrossing, dynamically shot movie that moves with real fluidity and complexity.” - Ben Kenigsberg, The New York Times.


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