ABKCO Films To Release Jodorowsky's Autobiographical "Endless Poetry"Posted: Apr 11th 2017
After screening at the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight and a successful theatrical run in France, Alejandro Jodorowsky’s critically acclaimed Endless Poetry is coming to the U.S., where it will be released by ABKCO Films.
This autobiographical follow up to 2013’s The Dance of Reality, also an ABKCO release, is the centerpiece of next month’s San Francisco International Film Festival. SFIFF is hosting its U.S. premiere on April 10, with a repeat screening on April 19, at the Roxie Theatre. It is also playing at the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Film Festival on April 14, 18 and 28. Endless Poetry will be released theatrically July 14 in both Los Angeles (Landmark Nuart Theatre) and New York (Landmark Sunshine Cinema). It will open in select cities on July 21.
Endless Poetry details Jodorowsky’s life from the time he left the Chilean coastal town of Tocopilla for Santiago at the age of nine, through his decision to move to France when he was in his 20s. The younger Alejandro is played by The Dance of Reality star Jeremias Herskovitz; Adan Jodorowsky, the director’s youngest son, who also composed the film’s score, plays the more mature Alejandro. Against the wishes of his authoritarian father (played by Brontis Jodorowsky, Alejandro’s oldest son) the 20-year-old protagonist leaves home to pursue his dream of becoming a poet, and is introduced to the bohemian and artistic inner circle of Santiago. He meets Enrique Lihn (Leandro Taub) and Stella Diaz (Pamela Flores), two unknown poets who would become driving forces of twentieth century Hispanic literature. Told through Jodorowsky’s unique surreal and psychedelic visual language, Endless Poetry is an ode to the quest for beauty and inner truth as a universal force capable of changing one’s life forever.
"The most accessible movie [Jodorowsky] has ever made.."
Variety called Endless Poetry “the most accessible movie [Jodorowsky] has ever made, and it may also be his best. It’s Felliniesque and moving . . . Yet more than any previous Jodorowsky opus, it’s also a work of disciplined and touching emotional resonance.
“I knew how it was to live in poetry,” said Jodorowsky, now 88, looking back on the period of his life when he was in his 20s.” And now I want to show the world that it’s possible to remember your self. It’s possible to open your mind. It’s possible to open your heart. It’s possible to open your creativity. To live with less, but to live well. That is what I want. Poetry without end. Endless Poetry.
ABKCO’s relationship with the filmmaker dates back to 1970, when John Lennon championed the “acid western” film El Topo, which was screened on a regular basis at the Elgin Theatre in New York at midnight, birthing the “midnight movie” phenomenon. Lennon brought the film to the attention of his manager Allen Klein, who then financed Jodorowsky’s next film The Holy Mountain (1973) through ABKCO Films. Those two landmark features in addition to Fando y Lis (1967) comprise The Films of Alejandro Jodorowsky b
ox set. Endless Poetry is the fifth Jodorowsky film to be released by ABKCO Films.
Endless Poetry San Francisco Film Festival tickets: http://bit.ly/2nf3jq3
Endless Poetry U.S. screenings
April 10 - Roxie Theatre, San Francisco (San Francisco Film Festival, U.S. premiere)
April 14 - St. Anthony Main Theatre (Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Film Festival)
April 18 - Uptown Theater (Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Film Festival)
April 19 - Roxie Theatre, San Francisco
April 28 - St. Anthony Main Theatre (Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Film Festival)
July 14 - Landmark Nuart Theatre, Los Angeles (Los Angeles premiere)
July 14 - Landmark Sunshine Cinema, New York (New York premiere)
July 21 - select theaters TBA