The French distribution company Pathé has just released the trailer for the new film by Alejandro Jodorowsky La danza de la realidad / The Dance of Reality (pictured), which marks the Chilean director's return to filmmaking after a 23-year hiatus. The film premieres today as part in the official competition of Cannes' Directors Fortnight section.
A playwright, actor, author, musician, comics writer, and spiritual guru, in addition to filmmaker, Jodorowsky gained international fame with his cult films, the acid western El Topo (1970) and the spiritual awakening journey La montaña sagrada / The Holy Mountain (1973), which he made in Mexico.
Based on his autobiography novel of the same name, in The Dance of Reality Jodorowsky returns to his childhood town of Tocopilla in Chile. In addition to the world premiere of his newest film, Directors' Fortnight will also screen the documentary film Jodorowsky’s Dune by Franck Pavich which chronicles the failed attempt by the Chilean director to shoot Herbert's novel.
The film premiered to the press earlier today, and the first reviews are emerging. Peter Bradshaw writing for the British newspaper The Guardian calls the film "an arresting spectacle (...) a triumphant return, which mixes autobiography, politics, torture and fantasy to exuberant, moving effect."
Watch the trailer: