OPENING FEATURE FILM
Thursday, April 2, 9:00pm – 11:00pm
Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)
317 Dundas St. West, Toronto, Ontario
Only Film $15 | Film and Reception at Fonda Lola $20

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The Dance of Reality
Alejandro Jodorowsky
Chile/France/Mexico / 2013 / Fiction / 130”

After a 23-year hiatus, The Dance of Reality marks the triumphant return of Alejandro Jodorowsky, the visionary Chilean filmmaker behind cult classics El Topo and The Holy Mountain. In the radiantly visceral autobiographical film, a young Jodorowsky is confronted by a collection of compelling characters that contributed to his burgeoning surreal consciousness. The legendary filmmaker was born in 1929 in Tocopilla, a coastal town on the edge of the Chilean desert, where the film was shot. Blending his personal history with metaphor, mythology, and poetry, The Dance of Reality reflects Jodorowsky’s philosophy that reality is not objective but rather a “dance” created by our own imaginations.
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Alejandro Jodorowsky is a Chilean scholar in comparative religion, playwright, director, producer, composer, actor, mime, comic book writer, tarot reader, historian and psychotherapist. He is perhaps best-known for the 1970 film El Topo. Jodorowsky has only made seven feature films in the last 45 years, but he is revered among fans of cinematographic fantasy. In the 1970s, he was a genuine superstar of the international artistic counter-culture. For many years, he dedicated himself to creating comic strips, writing books and teaching the Tarot. The Dance of Reality, which brings to an end a 23-year absence from the big screen, is a kind of autobiographical essay in which Alejandro Jodorowsky invites the audience on an introspective journey, with a moving return to his own childhood and his fantastical universe.

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In the age of psychedelia, with its new permissiveness in terms of sex and violence, Jodorowsky was a visionary favorably compared to Kubrick or Fellini. He has always found himself in between the two, worshipped by fans of rock music and science fiction for the power of his imagery. Jodorowsky is an incredible cineaste, with each of his films tracing the path of an adventure, vision or experience ever more crazy, terrifying or dangerous, comparable to the work of Dario Argento or Werner Herzog.
“By turns playful, tragic and surprisingly light on its feet, this welcome comeback for Alejandro Jodorowsky should keep its maker fully booked on the fest circuit” Scott Foundas:Variety
“In this movie, the director is bidding farewell to his past, and to his childhood, and perhaps to the world. It is an arresting spectacle”
Peter Bradshaw:The Guardian
“The Dance of Reality’ is the work of a highly disciplined anarchist, whose principal weapon against authority is his own imagination” A.O Scott: The NY Times

After the film, join us at Fonda Lola to celebrate the start of aluCine 2015 in style!
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Private Reception at Fonda Lola (With Film ticket stub ONLY)
Based on the belief that quality food and drink can transform the spiritual well-being, Fonda Lola showcases Mexican food beyond fish tacos and enchiladas, in an authentic atmosphere.
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