Jodorowsky in July

JULY 11-19

The recent documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune has brought renewed attention to the freak-out vision of legendary cult director Alejandro Jodorowsky, whose altered-state epic El Topo became an underground/countercultural sensation in the early 1970s and is often credited with sparking the entire midnight movie phenomenon.

Beginning July 11, The Cinematheque presents the Vancouver premiere of The Dance of Reality, Jodorowsky’s long-awaited latest — his first new film in 23 years! To mark the occasion, we’ll also be offering revival screenings of Jodorowsky’s two signature films, El Topo and The Holy Mountain (El Topo’s bigger-budget follow-up, which got financed, by Beatles and Stones manager Allen Klein’s ABKCO empire, because John Lennon was a big fan of El Topo), and of Jodorowsky’s Dune. Those seeking a marathon immersion into the mind-warping Jodorowskian multiverse can subject their psyches to special Jodorowsky triple-bills on Saturday, July 12 and Saturday, July 19!

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Recent Showings

VANCOUVER PREMIERE! EXCLUSIVE FIRST RUN! Jodorowsky’s first movie in 23 years, a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age tale, is a full-throttle return to form for the mad maestro.
Jodorowsky’s legendary peyote western, starring the director as the titular, leather-clad gunslinger, is the ultimate midnight-movie freak out.
Frank Pavich’s spellbinding documentary chronicles a cinematic what-if tale of mythic and messianic proportions around Jodorowsky famously unmade sci-fi adaptation.
Jodorowsky’s lavish follow up to El Topo is a fantastical allegory full of crazed, surreal, often sacrilegious imagery that follows a messiah-like Thief as he ascends a sacred summit.