Magazine article Screen International

Alejandro Jodorowsky to Receive Locarno Honour

Magazine article Screen International

Alejandro Jodorowsky to Receive Locarno Honour

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Chilean filmmaker and artist Alejandro Jodorowsky is to be awarded with a Pardo d'onore at the 69th Locarno Film Festival (Aug 3-13).

As well as screening a selection of his films and the award ceremony on the Piazza Grande, Jodorowsky will also participate in a conversation open to all festival-goers.

As son of Russian immigrants exiled in Chile, Jodorowsky began his artistic career as a puppeteer, poet and theater director. At 23, he moved to France and joined Marcel Marceau's mime troupe, and five years later founded - alongside Roland Topor and Fernando Arrabal - the performance art movement Panique, which aimed to counter the mainstreaming of surrealism.

Jodorowsky subsequently moved to Mexico, where, over the next 17 years, he created avant-garde theater de Mexico, and directed Fando And Lis (1968), El Topo (1970), The Holy Mountain (1973) and Santa Sangre (1989), films which made him a cult filmmaker around the world.

Locarno will screen The Dance of Reality, selected for Cannes in 2013, which marked his return to filmmaking, as well as Endless Poetry shown this year as part of Cannes' Directors' Fortnight line-up, The Holy Mountain and Santa Sangre. …

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