Endless Poetry

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France | 2016 | 128 minutes | Alejandro Jodorowsky

In the latest entry of cult icon Alejandro Jodorowsky’s (El Topo) cinematic memoirs, a young poet joins a bohemian artist commune in Santiago where he meets a host of circus-like characters and falls in love with a voluptuous, red-haired goddess.

"Equal parts goofy and gorgeous, plus violent and theatrical. Very magnifico. Highly recommended."Rich Smith, The Stranger

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Famed Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky delivers the second film in his proposed pentalogy of memoirs with Endless Poetry. This emotionally resonant entry takes place after the end of 2015's Dance of Reality, with Alejandro (Adan Jodorowsky) as a young man beginning to realize his ambitions as an artist, and desperately trying to escape his father's suffocating hold on his life. He flees his family home after declaring he wants to be a poet and escapes to a bohemian artist commune in Santiago. Surrounding himself with all sorts of characters, including a constantly tiptoed ballerina, Alejandro is still yearning for a muse. He ends up meeting the voluptuous, red-haired, scowling goddess Stella (who, in a Freudian twist, is played by Pamela Flores, who also plays the role of his mother) and falls head over heels for her. The rest of the film is a phantasmagorical journey of his self-discovery, peppered with circus-like characters and dreamy backdrops, as well as moments of biting humor and deep melancholy, ending with a critical confrontation between father and son. Jodorowsky, who became a household name for midnight-moviegoers and art-house aficionados alike with his surrealist western El Topo in 1970, shows no sign of letting up in this intensely personal and whimsically grotesque account of his past.

Director Biography

In 1968, Chilean-born Alejandro Jodorowsky shot his first feature film Fando Y Lis, which provoked a riot when it debuted at the 1968 Acapulco Film Festival. However, El Topo (1971), hailed by John Lennon as a masterpiece, catapulted Jodorowsky's career and earned him the title of "Father of the Midnight Movies". In 1973, The Holy Mountain premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and is still considered his most daring film today. In 2013 Jodorowsky directed The Dance Of Reality, about his childhood in Chile, which was his first film in 23 years. Endless Poetry continues the story.

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  • Original Language Title: Poesía sin fin
  • Director: Alejandro Jodorowsky
  • Principal Cast: Adan Jodorowsky, Pamela Flores, Brontis Jodorowsky, Leandro Taub
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: France, Chile
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 128 minutes
  • Producer: Xavier Guerrero
  • Screenplay: Alejandro Jodorowsky
  • Cinematographers: Christopher Doyle
  • Editors: Maryline Monthieux
  • Music: Adan Jodorowsky
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: The Dance of Reality (2013); The Rainbow Thief (1990); Santa Sangre (1989); Tusk (1980); The Holy Mountain (1973); El Topo (1970)
  • Language: Spanish, French, English
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: ABKCO FIlms
  • International Sales: Le Pacte