Adam Chapman

Alejandro Jodorowsky has a new film at Cannes

The veteran filmmaker’s Kickstarter-funded Endless Poetry will premiere in the Directors’ Fortnight.

Chilean surrealist Alejandro Jodorowsky – 87 years young at the time of writing – is set to join the 2016 Cannes Directors’ Fortnight sidebar with his latest offering, evocatively titled Endless Poetry.

Tying in thematically with his previous, The Dance of Reality, which premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, Endless Poetry looks to carry on his journey of spiritual introspection. Delving back into his heritage, the film focuses on the director’s formative years, which saw him liberated from the artistic limitations imposed by his childhood and inducted into the movement of creative young minds which shaped 20th-century Hispanic literature.

The film was completed with funds from a high-profile Kickstarter campaign which secured close to $500,000 thanks to contributions from 3,500 fans. In The Dance of Reality, Jorowosky’s father was played by his son, Brontis, and here the director and mystical sage is played by one of his other sons, Adan.

Closing the Directors’ Fortnight festivities is Paul Schrader’s crime-drama Dog Eat Dog, which follows three men fresh out of pen who find themselves slipping back off the straight and narrow for a big payout. It’s the director’s second consecutive collaboration with Nicolas Cage, following 2014’s Dying of the Light.

Other notable highlights include Claude Barras’ stop motion animation, My Life, as a Courgette (written by the great Céline Sciamma) and Pablo Larraín’s politically charged biopic, Neruda.

The full line-up:

Dog Eat Dog by Paul Schrader
Divines by Houda Benyamina
L’Economie Du Couple by Joachim Lafosse
L’Effet Aquatique by Sólveig Anspach
Sweet Dreams by Marco Bellocchio
Fiore by Claudio Giovannesi
Like Crazy by Paolo Virzì
Ma Vie De Courgette by Claude Barras
Mean Dreams by Nathan Morlando
Mercenaire by Sacha Wolff
Neruda by Pablo Larraín
Endless Poetry by Alejandro Jodorowsky
Psycho Raman by Anurag Kashyap
Risk by Laura Poitras
Tour De France by Rachid Djaïdani
Two Lovers and a Bea by Kim Nguyen
Les Vies De Thérèse by Sébastien Lifshitz
Wolf And Sheep by Shahrbanoo Sadat

The 69th Cannes Film Festival kicks off on 11 May. Follow us @LWLies for coverage throughout the festival.

Published 19 Apr 2016

Tags: Alejandro Jodorowsky Céline Sciamma Chilean cinema Nicolas Cage Pablo Larraín Paul Schrader

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