Alejandro Jodorowsky’s New Film Heads to Cannes Directors’ Fortnight Alongside Lynne Ramsay & More

Yesterday, we were pleased to reported that David Lowery’s fantastic debut feature, the southern crime drama, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints would be headed to France next month for the Cannes Film Festival’s Critics’ Week. And today, as more festival news unravels, it appears that more and more surprises are in store. The Director’s Fortnight slate has been announced and this year’s line-up will feature not one, but two Alejandro Jodororowsky features. Well, one will be the first proper feature from the director in over 20 years and the other, a documentary about "the greatest film never made."

The 84-year-old director known for his avant-garde and violently surreal cult classics such as The Holy Mountain, El Top, and Santa Sangre will now present his latest film La Danza de la Realidad, or The Dance of Reality. Written and directed by Jodorowsky, the film is an autobiographical tale that follows his childhood in Chile. Apparently the film will deal with the director’s "stubble to come to terms with his abusive upbringing. Speaking to Miami New Times in January, Jodorowsky’s son Brontis—who co-stars in the film—said that, "My father had a very severe education from his father…and he remembers his childhood as a very sad and violent thing," going on to say that, "The main character is his father, Alejandro’s father, and he asked me to play his father…There is a kid who plays Alejandro as a kid and a Chilean opera singer plays Sara [the mother], and Alejandro appears in the film as himself…It’s very different from the other films that he made."
And alongside that film, Frank Pavich’s Jodorowsky’s Dune will also screen and detail Jodorowsky’s unseen Dune project. The film chronicles the director’s 1974 attempt to adapt the sci-fi novel into a feature film before it eventually fell apart. The documentary will feature interviews with Nicolas Winding Refn, Ron Shussett, Chris Foss, Devin Faraci, Michel Seydoux, and plenty of other notable names in cinema. "This group of artists, or his ‘warriors’ as Jodorowsky named them, went on to define modern sci-fi cinema with such films as Alien, Blade Runner, Star Wars, and Total Recall," according to the Facebook page for the film, which as moved up to one of our most anticipated films at the festival.
Other big names in this year’s Fort Night include Lynne Ramsay’s short, "Swimmer," alongside many a new and intriguing foreign film. See the entire slate below.
The Congress, dir: Ari Folman
A Strange Course Of Events, dir: Raphael Nadjari
Apres La Nuit, dir: Basil Da Cunha
The Apaches, dir: Thierry De Peretti
Blue Ruin, dir: Jeremy Saulnier
La Danza De La Realidad, dir: Alejandro Jodorowosky
Jodorowsky’s Dune, dir: Frank Pavich
L’Escale, dir: Kaveh Bakhtiari
Henri, dir: Yolande Moreau
La Fille Du 14 Juillet, dir: Antonin Peretjako
Ilo Ilo, dir: Anthony Chen
Last Day On Mars, dir: Ruairi Robinson
Les Garçons Et Guillaume, A Table!, dir: Guillaume Gallienne
The Selfish Giant, dir: Clio Barnard
Magic Magic, dir: Sebastian Silva
On The Job, dir: Erik Matti
Tip Top, dir: Serge Bozon
Ugly, dir: Anurag Kashyap
Un Voyageur, dir: Marcel Ophuls
The Summer Of The Flying Fish, dir: Marcela Said
We Are What We Are, dir: Jim Mickle
Competing for the Camera d’Or
Short Films
Gambozinos, dir: João Nicolau
Lágy Eső, dir: Dénes Nagy
Le Quepa Sur La Vilni!, dir: Yann Le Quellec
Man Kann Nicht Auf Einmal Alles Tun, Aber Man Kann Auf Einmal Alles Lassen, dir: Marie-Elsa Sgualdo
O Umbra De Nor, dir: Radu Jude
Pouco Mais De Um Mês, dir: André Novais Oliveira
Que Je Tombe Tout Le Temps, dir: Eduardo Williams
Solecito, dir: Oscar Ruiz Navia
Swimmer, dir: Lynne Ramsay