Movie Watch: Endless Poetry

Continuing our desire to highlight upcoming independent and foreign films we think you should be aware of, we take a look at the new film from a legendary avant-garde filmmaker.

Now, this author is not the biggest fan of Alejandro Jodorowsky. I did not find “El Topo” all that interesting, and I’m never really bothered to check out “The Holy Mountain” or “Santa Sangre,” and my antipathy towards the works of Frank Herbert have kept me from watching Frank Pavich’s documentary about what could have been Jodorowsky’s adaptation of Dune. Yet you have to give the guy mad props to be in his late eighties and still be actively pursuing his dreams.

The autobiographical film, which previously showed at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, is making its United States premiere next month at the 2017 San Francisco International Film Festival. Following up his 2013 autobiographical film “The Dance of Reality,” “Endless Poetry” details Jodorowsky’s life from the time he left the Chilean coastal town of Tocopilla for Santiago at the age of nine, through his decision to move to France when he was in his 20s.  The younger Alejandro is once again played by “Dance of Reality” star Jeremias Herskovitz, while Adan Jodorowsky, the director’s youngest son, who also composed the film’s score, plays the more mature Alejandro.  Against the wishes of his authoritarian father (Brontis Jodorowsky, Alejandro’s oldest son) the 20-year-old protagonist leaves home to pursue his dream of becoming a poet, and is introduced to the bohemian and artistic inner circle of Santiago. He meets Enrique Lihn (Leandro Taub) and Stella Diaz (Pamela Flores), two unknown poets who would become driving forces of twentieth century Hispanic literature. Told through Jodorowsky’s unique surreal and psychedelic visual language, Endless Poetry is an ode to the quest for beauty and inner truth as a universal force capable of changing one’s life forever.

Speaking about his new film, Jodorowsky said “I knew how it was to live in poetry, and now I want to show the world that it’s possible to remember your self. It’s possible to open your mind. It’s possible to open your heart. It’s possible to open your creativity. To live with less, but to live well. That is what I want. Poetry without end. Endless Poetry.”

Gotta love that.

“Endless Poetry” will be released theatrically by ABKCO Films, and opens July 14 in both Los Angeles (Landmark Nuart Theatre) and New York (Landmark Sunshine Cinema) before expanding in to select cities on July 21.