Arrow Films announces in association with ABKCO Films a rare cinema outing next year, for three visionary, surrealist classics from the legendary, hugely influential Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky, presented in stunning 4k restorations.
The ultimate arthouse auteur, the celebrated director, beloved by the likes of John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Dennis Hopper and David Lynch, has been an influence on everything from Alien, The Exorcist, the imagery of Marilyn Manson, and even the songs of Noel Gallagher, Marina Abramovic’ and Kanye West. A unique, extraordinary figure in the cinematic landscape, this is a rare chance for audiences to see three of his films in all their breathtaking, visionary glory.
Jodorowsky, with his talented troupe of actors, including his son Brontis Jodorowsky (star of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald), and top-flight crew, including Gonzalo Gavira (the sound technician who won an Oscar for The Exorcist) and Marcelino Pachecho (who went on to do special effects for Apocalypto), set the benchmark for extraordinary, ground-breaking and boundary-pushing cinema.
EL TOPO (1970)
Director Jodorowsky himself plays ‘The Mole’ of the title: a black-clad, master-gunfighter. In the first half, El Topo journeys across a desert dreamscape with his young son to duel with four sharp-shooting Zen masters, who each bestow a Great Lesson before they die. In the second half, El Topo becomes the guru of a subterranean tribe of deformed outcasts who he must liberate from depraved cultists in a neighbouring town.
THE HOLY MOUNTAIN (1973)
‘Jodorowsky casts himself as The Alchemist’, a guru who guides a troupe of pilgrims, each representing a planet of the Solar System, on a magical quest to Lotus Island where they must ascend the Holy Mountain in search of spiritual enlightenment.
FANDO Y LIS (1968)
Fando and his paraplegic sweetheart Lis embark on a mystical journey through a series of surreal scenarios to find the enchanted city of Tar. On the way, they journey through urban desolation, scorched deserts and towering mountains, whilst encountering a series of terrifying and sometimes moving characters.
From the ambitious, controversial, violent to totally bizarre these 3 films perfectly showcase the masterful talent of Jodorowsky. A rare chance to see a true master of cinema on the big screen
EL TOPO is released 10 January; THE HOLY MOUNTAIN is released 24 January and FANDO Y LIS is released 7 February in selected cinemas by Arrow Video. You may have to search these three films out at your local indie/arthouse cinema. However if there isn’t a cinema near you showing these films, all three titles will also be released as a Limited Edition Blu-ray set in March 2020.