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2013 Cannes Film Festival Predictions: Alejandro Jodorowsky’s The Dance of Reality

#31. Alejandro Jodorowsky’s The Dance of Reality

Gist: Alejandro Jodorowsky has published 23 novels, but it’s his autobiography that the 84 year-old Chilean director has decided to film, set (naturally) in his hometown of Tocopilia – breaking a two decades plus hiatus (the chances of us ever seeing King Shot – by all indications an actual Jodorowsky picture – have become miniscule to non-existent). Jodorowsky’s son Adan will play the role of his father in the film, so it appears to be more fiction than documentary at the moment.

Prediction: According to a status update from Jodorowsky’s son Adan last January, the film is set to be finished editing in March or April of 2013, which would put this perfectly in line for an Out of Competition or Special Screening – or maybe even one of those contemporary Cannes Classics offerings, depending on just how much of Jodorowsky’s filmmaking career is detailed in the film. With a ton of support from the festival since the 1973 Out of Competition screening of The Holy Mountain, including Cannes Classics screenings of the aforementioned title, El Topo, and Santa Sangre in 2006 and 2008, we imagine that if there is a chance to screen a finished version of this title that they will make every effort to fit it in.

Blake Williams is an avant-garde filmmaker born in Houston, currently living and working in Toronto. He recently entered the PhD program at University of Toronto's Cinema Studies Institute, and has screened his video work at TIFF (2011 & '12), Tribeca (2013), Images Festival (2012), Jihlava (2012), and the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley. Blake has contributed to's coverage for film festivals such as Cannes, TIFF, and Hot Docs. Top Films From Contemporary Film Auteurs: Almodóvar (Talk to Her), Coen Bros. (Fargo), Dardennes (Rosetta), Haneke (Code Unknown), Hsiao-Hsien (Flight of the Red Balloon), Kar-wai (Happy Together), Kiarostami (Where is the Friend's Home?), Lynch (INLAND EMPIRE), Tarantino (Reservoir Dogs), Van Sant (Last Days), Von Trier (The Idiots)

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