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March 28th – April 2nd, 2017 / Cinema Muzeul Țăranului & Cinema Elvire Popesco / the 7th edition

ENDLESS POETRY

Directed by: 
ALEJANDRO JODOROWSKY
128'
Cinema Muzeul Țăranului - Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 20:00
Cinema Elvire Popesco - Friday, March 31, 2017 - 17:30
Cinema Elvire Popesco - Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 13:00
Written by: 
Alejandro Jodorowsky
Cast: 
Adan Jodorowsky, Pamela Flores, Brontis Jodorowsky
Cinematography: 
Christopher Doyle
Editing: 
Maryline Monthieux
Sound: 
Sandy Notarianni, Guadalupe Cassis
Music: 
Adan Jodorowsky
Producer: 
Xavier Guerrero Yamamota, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Moises Cosio, Abbas Nokhasteh, Takashi Asai
Production: 
Satori Films, Le Soleil Films, Le Pacte
Romanian Premiere
With the support of

The second in the artist's proposed cycle of five cinematic memoirs (the first was The Dance of Reality, screened at BIEFF 2014 in a Special Jodorowsky Focus Programme), Endless Poetry portrays Alejandro Jodorowsky’s young adulthood, set in the 1940s and 50s, in the electric capital city of Santiago. There, he decides to become a poet and is introduced, by destiny, into the foremost bohemian and artistic circle of the time. He meets Enrique Lihn, Stella Diaz Varín, Nicanor Parra and many others of the country’s young, promising and unknown artists who would later become the titans of Latin America's literature. Endless Poetry is a tale of poetic experimentation; the story of a unique youth that lived as not many before them had dared: sensually, authentically, freely, madly.
 
"Now, well into his 80s, Jodorowsky has managed to reinvent himself in the most spectacular and unlikely way. Endless Poetry is a work of transporting charm and feeling. It’s the most accessible movie the director has ever made, and it may also be the best." (Owen Gleiberman, Variety)
 
"Cult filmmaker and psychomagic ‘guru’ Alejandro Jodorowsky lives up to his reputation with Endless Poetry, a film that crosses over the border from surrealism to action without ever deviating from his central thread, and speaks to people who are new to symbolism just as well as it does to the crowd that is well-versed in the structures and strange characters it produces." (Fabien Lemercier, Cineuropa)
 
"Alejandro Jodorowsky has found a terrific new surge of energy in his 80s with a richly enjoyable autobiographical movie trilogy, as crazy as a laudanum dream." (Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian)
Director: 

Alejandro Jodorowsky

Alejandro Jodorowsky (b. 1929) is a Chilean-French film and theatre director, screenwriter, playwright, actor, author, poet, producer, composer, musician, comics writer, and spiritual guru. Best known for his avant-garde films, he has been venerated by cult cinema enthusiasts for his work which is filled with violently surreal images and a hybrid blend of mysticism and religious provocation. Jodorowsky concocts psychology, mysticism, symbolism, politics and other elements to create memorable and peculiar cinematic visions. His proverbial movies include such masterpieces as The Holy Mountain (1973), El Topo (1970) and Santa Sangre (1989). His latest movie, Endless Poetry (2016), is a direct sequel to The Dance of Reality (2013). The two films create an autobiographical story about the multi-talented Jodorowsky.
Festivals, awards: 
  • Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, Cannes Film Festival 2016
  • Locarno International Film Festival 2016
  • Nomination - Best International Film, Munich Film Festival 2016
  • Jerusalem Film Festival 2016
  • Helsinki International Film Festival 2016
  • Festival International de Cinema de Morelia, Mexico 2016
  • Mostra - São Paulo International Film Festival 2016
Director's statement:
I'm not hypnotizing you to make you believe you're facing reality. I'm showing you a film, and I try constantly to remind you of the fact. That’s also why I used ninjas, those silhouettes totally dressed in black who move props when the characters need them to be moved, like in Kabuki Theater. There’s an expression that says, I sell you a cat when you asked for a hare. That’s fake realism. I can’t stand hyperrealist painting, a poor imitation of photography. With real painting, there’s a pleasure about knowing you’re in front of a painting. With film, there’s the pleasure of knowing you’re in front of a film, a real film, with its personal aesthetic. I don’t want to settle for following actors who speak in front of a camera, like all those films that are merely a little theater of ersatz reality. No, for me cinema is an Art: it’s the frenzy of filming, the craze of colors, not chatter among actors. (Alejandro Jodorowsky)