MBC presents Jodorowsky’s Dance of Reality
The Miami Premiere of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s DANCE OF REALITY is presented by Indie Film Club Miami and the Miami Beach Cinematheque. The program includes a special screening co presented by the French Embassy Cultural Services on June 14 and a “Speaking in Cinema” conversation evening on June 17 with a special appearance by Dance of Reality star Brontis Jodorowsky.
Screenings Debut on Friday, June 6.
Best known for his avant-garde films, Alejandro Jodorowsky breaks his 20-year cinematographic silence with a new film filled with surreal images and a hybrid blend of mysticism and philosophy. The Miami Beach Cinematheque gives us the opportunity to rediscover Jodorowsky’s work through The Dance of Reality , which received a standing ovation at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival Director’s Fortnight.
The Dance of Reality is a 2013 independent autobiographical film written, produced and directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky, and based on his autobiography of the same name. It is his first film in more than two decades. The film blends the producer and director’s personal history with metaphor, mythology and poetry, and reflects Alejandro Jodorowsky’s philosophy that reality is not objective but rather a “dance” created by our own imaginations.
About Jodorowsky :
The legendary filmmaker was born in 1929 in Tocopilla, on the edge of the Chilean desert. There, Jodorowsky experienced an unhappy and alienated childhood, and so immersed himself in reading and writing poetry. He became involved in theater and mime. Moving to Paris in the early 1950s, Jodorowsky studied mime and worked with the French mime Marcel Marceau and the singer Maurice Chevallier before turning to cinema, directing the short film Les têtes interverties in 1957. His first avant-garde film, the surrealist Fando y Lis (1967) caused a huge scandal in Mexico, and made Jodorowsky being banned from there. However, his next film, El Topo (1970), became a hit on the midnight movie circuit in the USA. After an aborted attempt at filming Frank Herbert’s novel Dune, Jodorowsky produced a few more films such as Tusk (1980) and The Rainbow Thief (1990). Meanwhile, he has simultaneously written a series of science fiction comic books, most notably The Incal (1981–1989). Accompanying this, he has also written books on his own spiritual system, which he calls "psychomagic" and "psychoshamanism" and which borrows from his interests in alchemy, Tarot, Zen Buddhism and shamanism.
Starting on Saturday, June 7, don’t miss the special Miami Encore Screenings playing Jodorowsky’s Dune.
This fascinating documentary explores the genesis of one of cinema’s greatest epics that never was : cult filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi classic Dune , whose cast would have included such icons as Salvador Dali, Orson Welles and Mick Jagger. In 1975, following the runaway success of his art-house freak-outs El Topo and HOLY MOUNTAIN , Alejandro Jodorowsky secured the rights to Frank Herbert’s Dune - and began work on what was gearing up to be a cinematic game-changer, a sci-fi epic unlike anything the world had ever seen. Director Frank Pavich tackles one of cinema’s most enthralling "what could have been" stories, weaving interviews with the charismatic Jodorowsky, his collaborators, and supporters (including Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn), together with animation to bring Moebius’ storyboards to life..
On June, 14, the MBC will held a special cocktail reception at 7.15pm, and then will play Jodorowsky’s Dance of Reality. Food and drinks are the generous donations of "A la Folie Café" and "Friends Fun Wine".
On June 15, Brontis Jodorowsky will introduce the 6:15pm screening of documentary “Jodorowsky’s Dune” as well as the 8:30pm screening of “Táu”.
If you want to learn more about the film, don’t miss the special night on June 17 to meet the actor Brontis Jodorowsky !
On Tuesday, June 17, the Miami Beach Cinematheque will also present “Speaking in Cinema”, with the actor Brontis Jodorowsky and the Village Voice film critic Michael Atkinson to discuss A. Jodorowsky’s Dance in Reality. The night will include an after-party at the Sagamore Hotel.
Directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky (Chile/France/2014/130mins)
With Brontis Jodorowsky, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Adan Jodorowsky, Pamela Flores, Axel Jodorowsky
Spanish with English subtitles
Miami Beach Cinematheque
Indie Film Club Miami