Alejandro Jodorowsky started his filmmaking career in 1967, and has pursued a tumultuous and visionary career, from Tusk to The Rainbow Thief, and a famous failed attempt to make Dune into a film, which was the subject of the critically acclaimed 2013 documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune.
Meanwhile, he pursued a career as a graphic novelist, working with Moebius and Juan Gimenez. From his personal practice as a tarot reader, his many years of working in the theatre, and his interest in psychoanalysis, Jodorowsky has also developed a mixture of psychotherapy and shamanism that he calls “Psychomagic”.
In 2011, however, over 20 years after making The Rainbow Thief, Jodorowsky revisited his hometown, Tocopilla, a coastal village on the edge of the Chilean desert to shoot a film called The Dance of Reality, which was based on his autobiography. He has now followed that film with his new work Endless Poetry.
Endless Poetry is set to open in New York (at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema) and LA (at the NuArt ) on July 14th, and follow with nationwide theaters on July 24th. The new film tells the story of Jodorowsky’s years spent as an aspiring poet in Chile in the 1940’s. Against his father’s wishes, he leaves home at age 20 to join a bohemian circle in Santiago and goes on a journey of self-discovery that leads to his artistic quest in life.
Here’s a full description of the film:
Through renowned father of the midnight movies Alejandro Jodorowsky’s intensely personal lens, ENDLESS POETRY tells the story of his years spent as an aspiring poet in Chile in the 1940’s. Against the wishes of his authoritarian father, the 20 year-old Alejandro Jodorowsky (Adan Jodorowsky, Alejandro’s son), leaves home to pursue his dream of becoming a poet, and is introduced into the bohemian and artistic inner circle of Santiago where he meets Enrique Lihn (Leandro Taub), Stella Diaz Varín (Pamela Flores), Nicanor Parra (Felipe Rios), all unknown at the time, but who would later become driving forces of twentieth century Hispanic literature. Living with these inspirational artists, Jodorowsky’s exploration of his inner feelings takes him on a journey of sensual experimentation leading him to realize his innermost desires and passions. Continuing the autobiographical story he began in THE DANCE OF REALITY, ENDLESS POETRY is an ode to the quest for beauty and inner truth, as a universal force capable of changing one’s life forever, written by a man who has dedicated his existence to creating spiritual and artistic awareness, told through Jodorowsky’s unique surreal and psychedelic visual language.
You can find out more about Endless Poetry and the theaters where it will be screened on their official website.
You can also watch the trailer for Endless Poetry below: