Past Event20 Jul - 25 Jul 2016

Endless Poetry

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The Civic


A young man dives into the artistic life of 40s Santiago and pursues a dream of becoming a poet, in this carnivalesque memoir from the perennially youthful great-grandfather of cult cinema, 87-year-old Alejandro (El Topo) Jodorowsky.

"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. Jodorowsky is on record as saying that his favorite filmmaker is Federico Fellini, and indeed, the ghost of Fellini hovers over Endless Poetry in more ways than one can count… But more than that, it has an ingratiatingly wide-eyed and adventurous autobiographical hero, Alejandro Jodorowsky (played by the filmmaker’s youngest son, Adan Jodorowsky), who meshes with the bohemian enclave of Santiago in the 40s and 50s and wanders through this nightworld of sex and art and passion and destruction with a fervour of discovery…

Endless Poetry is still very much a Jodorowsky film, dotted with his trademark phantasmagorical conceits, which are like candified bursts of comic-book magic realism. Yet more than any previous Jodorowsky opus, it’s also a work of disciplined and touching emotional resonance." Owen Glieberman, Variety

Endless Poetry

Poesía sin fin
Chile/France/Japan 2016
128 mins
In Spanish with English subtitles

Director/Screenplay: Alejandro Jodorowsky

Producers: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Moises Cosio, Abbas Nakhasteh, Asai Takashi

Photography: Christopher Doyle

Editor: Maryline Monthieux

Production designers: Patricio Aguilar, Denise Lira-Ratinoff

Costume designer: Pascale Montandon-Jodorowsky

Music: Adan Jodorowsky

With: Adan Jodorowsky (Alejandro), Pamela Flores (Sara/Stella Diaz Varín), Brontis Jodorowsky (Jaime), Leandro Taub (Enrique Lihn), Jeremias Herskovits (young Alejandro), Alejandro Jodorowsky (old Alejandro), Julia Avedano (Pequenita), Bastian Bodenhofer (Ibanez), Carolyn Carson (Maria Lefevre), Adonis (Andres Racz)

Festivals: Cannes (Directors’ Fortnight) 2016

For tickets and details about films at other venues, please visit the New Zealand International Film Festival website.

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