Archive Cinema City 2014.

The Dance of Reality

La danza de la realidad

Genre: Fiction
Country: Chile-France
Year: 2012
Duration: 130 min

Director: Alejandro Jodorowsky
Scenario: Alejandro Jodorowsky

Cast: Brontis Jodorowsky, Pamela Flores, Jeremias Herskovits, Cristobal Jodorowsky, Adan Jodorowsky

Programme selection: 360°


‘’Having broken away from my illusory self, I was desperately seeking a path and a meaning to life.’’

This phrase perfectly sums up Alejandro Jodorowsky’s biographical project: reconstituting the incredible adventure of his life.

Alejandro Jodorowsky was born in 1929 in Tocopilla, a coastal town on edge of the Chilean desert, where this film was shot. It was there where he discovered the fundamentals of reality, as he underwent an unhappy and alienated childhood as part of an uprooted family.

This film is an exercise in imaginary autobiography – not in the sense of fiction, because all the characters, places and events are real, but in the sense that the guiding principle of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s life has been a constant effort to expand his imagination, to push back its limits, and to grasp the potential for transformation which lies within us all.

Original language: Spanish
Producer: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Michel Seydoux

Filmography: La danca de la realidad (2013), The Rainbow Thief (1990), Santa sangre (1989), Tusk (1980), The Holy Mountain (1973), El Topo (1970), Fando and Lis (1968), Teatro sin fin (video short, 1965), La cravate (short, 1957)