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Alejandro Jodorowsky's SXSW-Bound 'Dance of Reality' Gets a US Distributor

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! February 4, 2014 at 4:16PM

ABKCO Films announced today that they have acquired domestic theatrical and home entertainment rights to Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky's "The Dance of Reality," his first new film in 23 years.
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'The Dance of Reality'
'The Dance of Reality'

ABKCO Films announced today that they've acquired domestic theatrical and home entertainment rights to Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky's highly anticipated "The Dance of Reality," his first new film in 23 years (since 1990's "The Rainbow Thief"). Watch the rapturously beautiful trailer below. Here's the synopsis:

The legendary filmmaker was born in 1929 in Tocopilla, a coastal town on the edge of the Chilean desert, where this film was shot. It was there that Jodorowsky underwent an unhappy and alienated childhood as part of an uprooted family. Blending his personal history with metaphor, mythology and poetry, "The Dance of Reality" reflects Jodorowsky's philosophy that reality is not objective but rather a "dance" created by our own imaginations.

The acquisition continues the partnership between Jodorowsky and ABKCO Films, which released his two beloved avant-garde epics, revisionist western "El Topo" and the wildly outlandish "The Holy Mountain" in 2007. 

"Dance of Reality" will hit NY and LA on May 23 before a nationwide rollout. Following the film's US SXSW premiere (March 7-11), MoMA in NY will host a screening and Q&A on March 14. Also coming down the pike is the documentary "Jodorowsky's Dune," a look at the director's thwarted attempt to adapt the Frank Herbert sci-fi novel.

This article is related to: News, Acquisitions, Alejandro Jodorowsky, SXSW, South By Southwest Film Conference and Festival (SXSW)


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.