Alejandro Jodorowsky's special message on KICKSTARTER
I was trying not to prepare anything. I didn’t want to prepare what I was going to say to you. Why? Because I am searching for my inner truth, I want to know what will I say. In two more days I will be 86 years old… it’s a lot. Why, at 86 years of age, am I fighting to make a picture? Why? Nothing is that important for me. Is it so important for a person who can die one day to the other, to make a picture? Because when you are 86 years old, every morning you awake and you say “I am still alive”. You are happy to be alive but you are maybe at the end of something. Why make a picture? What is a picture? Some pictures are only fun and show. It’s necessary, because in the world we are all nervous about everything that’s happening, no? They even say we are destroying the planet. So we need to go, to see a picture, to forget ourselves. Perhaps this is necessary, but for me a picture is not that. For me a picture is for remembering your self, not for forgetting yourself. But what does it mean to remember your self? What can we remember? For me, movies are really an art. And what is art? It is the search for your inner beauty. That is art. I don't want to make a picture in order to make money. But if money comes, I open the pocket in order to make more pictures. But that’s not the finality. It’s not the finality to being admired by others. It’s not the finality to lie and invent things you’ve never lived.
In order to say something you need to know the thing you’re speaking of. It needs to be an experience, what you show on the screen. What will I show in this picture? What are human beings, art, museums and movie theatres showing to us? Are we those anti-heroes? Those people who have no dignity? We are slaves? We are liars? Thieves? What are we now? I don’t want to show that kind of person. I don’t know how to make pictures of everyone fighting one another, to have money, to steal money Why ?! I don’t want to speak about “love” either; about this “love” that isn’t real, that’s a fairytale. Love is something great, incredible, “sublime”… I don’t know how you say “sublime” in English… The most beautiful thing. Marpa was a saint in Tibet and he said “ Life, everything, is an illusion”. One day his son died, his young son died and he was crying and crying and crying and the disciples asked Marpa “Why are you crying? Your son is an illusion.” “Yes, my son is an illusion. But he is the most beautiful illusion.” Movies are an illusion but need to be the most beautiful illusion. I know what it’s like to scream because one of your sons died. It’s terrible. It’s terrible And in that moment you ask yourself, “ Why am I doing art, movies? Why?!” and then you say I am making movies and art in order to heal my soul. I need to open! Open ! open ! myself, in order to fin myself. To remember what the human being is. The beautifulness of the human being. The beautifulness of you. I need to show how beautiful the human being is. Now.
In Chile, in the forties, I was 24 years old… it was a fantastic moment. The war was all over the planet, and in Chile : no war. Because we are far and separate of the world: no television, mountains, ocean, peace! It was so peaceful. It was beautiful. And then a miracle happened : Poetry came to the country. Great poets started to write marvelous, marvelous poems; two of them have the Nobel Prize, Pablo Neruda and Gabriela Mistral – our father and our mother.
And then, everything was poetry. We were living our adolescence in this situation: poetry everywhere. And we started to search for the “poetical act”. For how it was to live with beautifulness. How it was to live in the mind: free! In heart : in union with world. In the sex: in full creativity.
How to make poetical action in order to discover the beautifulness of Life. There it was. In that time, the poetry was there. The human being was there. We had love, we had artists, we discovered all kinds of art.
And that suddenly disappeared. When I was 24 I left this paradise, and went to Europe where the world is illusion or disillusion, you don’t know.
But now I want to show what a spiritual paradise is: a young person, searching for the beautifulness of poetry. That is all that I want. I want to express… how to say it in English?... How I am obliged to this past… because I knew how it was to live in poetry. I knew that. And I want to show the world that it’s possible. It’s possible to remember your self. It’s possible to open your mind. It’s possible to open your heart. It’s possible to open your creativity. To live with less, but to live well. Well. That is what I want. Poetry without end. Endless Poetry. That is what I will do.
ENDLESS POETRY(Poesía Sin Fin) Official site: http://www.poesiasinfin.com/
After a 23 yearlong absence, the director of cult classics El Topo (1969) and Holy Mountain (1973) made his comeback in film direction in 2013 with The Dance of Reality. The film was based on the first part of Alejandro Jodorowsky's homonymous autobiographical book, depicting his childhood years in Tocopilla, Chile. His new film ENDLESS POETRY (Poesía Sin Fin) will be based on the latter half of the same book, depicting the author's youth in lively Santiago de Chile.
Our world is suffering from a devastating absence of poetry. Naïvely we sometimes hope to reconnect with it through film. But the greed-riddled industry, having colonized this magnificent art form, has done everything to strip it of its poetic power. With this film, Jodorowsky directs his energy more than ever into creating a film that can serve as a vehicle for awaking consciousness. It is our duty to enable all efforts to fight the powers that insist on lowering cinema to just a product in a commercial market. This film will bring forth an example of film's poetic power.
ENDLESS POETRY (Poesía Sin Fin) flashes back to those decisive years in Alejandro Jodorowsky's youth; years that defined the principle that would reign over his entire life: Poetry. The director's life has been a constant effort to expand his imagination and push back against his own limits in order to apprehend and harness the potential for liberation that lies within each and every one of us. His career has been an open invitation to follow him in his efforts.
ENDLESS POETRY (Poesía Sin Fin) will be carried out as an offering both to film and to the general audience, who are infinitely more profound, intelligent and sensitive than the Hollywood industry would like to admit.
ENDLESS POETRY (Poesía Sin Fin) explores the magic reality underlying our surrounding world. The film seeks to inspire and encourage us all to dare to find our true selves. It is an invitation to Life.
Leaving his childhood and his native Tocopilla behind, the adolescent Alejandro Jodorowsky follows his parents to Santiago de Chile. Between his lack of self-confidence and the family pressure he is under, Alejandro struggles to express his desires and find his own path. But the flourishing capital, filled with artists and poets offers the perfect setting for him to grow out of his cage. Thinking he'd fit in well, Alejandro's cousin Ricardo takes the young boy to the home of Veronica and Carmen Cereceda, where puppeteers, dancers, sculptors and painters all live and create together. There, defying all of his old limitations, Alejandro takes the first step on his path to becoming a poet in the Chilean artistic epicenter of the 1940s. Alongside rising poets like Enrique Linh, Nicanor Parra and in the arms of his first love, Stella Diaz, Alejandro's poetic destiny takes form and a new world unravels … changing his life forever.
The film will be shot in Santiago de Chile from July to August 2015 for eight weeks. Its post-production such as editing, music tracks, visual effects and so forth will take place in Paris and Tokyo with completion slated for the end of February 2016. The total buget will be about three million dollars.
Alejandro Jodorowsky says; « The necessity for expression is more important than the type of film you want to make. I make a film when I have something I need to express. I don’t think about investors, industries or commercialisation. I just need to express myself. »
In order to realize Jodorowsky’s new film production, we need the support of micro producers across the world who understand his vision of cinema.
Jodorowsky thinks that all money should be transformed into poetry. And so that is what he will do with this Kickstarter project. No matter what level you pledge at, Jodorowsky will exchange your pledge into his brand new Poetic Money (DINERO POÉTICO) and send it back to you. This money can't be spent on any material goods -- only on the poetry of the universe.
The exchange rate is 1US$＝1DP.
(In the case of $10,000 or more pledge, it is 0.5US$=1DP）
There are 3 bill denominations: 1DP, 10DP and 100DP. Each bill has an original money-related poem written by Jodorowsky printed on it in Spanish. There are two versions of each DP bill, each version of the bill presenting a different poem. There are 6 kinds of bills in total.
Jodorowsky wants to fill the world with poetry. So when you pledge, please mumble a poem in your heart. If you have a twitter account, please tweet a poem with #EndlessPoetryMyPoem. Your poem will be on the official site of ENDLESS POETRY (Poesía Sin Fin).
<1 Dinero Poético>
1 dinero poético - A
Money is like the Buddha; you can’t obtain it unless you work for it. If you keep it from flowing, it disappears.
1 dinero poético - B
To those who use it to make the flower of the world blossom, money gives its light. Those who glorify themselves, mistaking wealth for the soul, money destroys.
<10 Dinero Poético>
10 dinero poético - A
In pursuance of wealth I throw a spear through the Goddess and bathe in her blood.
10 dinero poético - B
Just as gold does not cease to shine when clouds cover the sun, the soul, beneath flesh and bone, continues to glow with its own light.
<100 Dinero Poético>
100 dinero poético - A
There is no difference between money and consciousness.
There is no difference between consciousness and death.
There is no difference between death and wealth.
100 dinero poético - B
Money is like blood: it gives life if it flows.
Money is like the Christ: it blesses you if you share it.
Money is like a woman: it offers itself to you if you cherish it.
If you pledge one-thousand dollars or more, Jodorowsky will issue a Poetic Check to you. Each check has an original money-related poem written by Jodorowsky in Spanish printed on the back.
Jodorowsky's Poetic Money bills and checks are issued by Satori Bank, which is operated by Satori Films. Owned by Alejandro Jodorowsky himself, Satori Films was founded in 2014 by ENDLESS POETRY (Poesía Sin Fin) producers Xavier Guerrero Yamamoto and Takashi Asai in Paris, France. The company created the project and has followed its development every step of the way.
We will email you a out digital postcard reporting news from the ENDLESS POETRY (Poesía Sin Fin) shoot.
We will airmail you a postcard of the photo of the shooting from Santiago de Chile.
We will get a high resolution digital film poster image via download or a printed poster sent via airmail. It is created with a drawing by Alejandro Jodorowsky and his wife, artist Pascale Montandon-Jodorowsky, who is the costume designer of the film. International shipping available. If you pledge $750 or more, Jodorowsky will autograph it. (B2 size / 515 x 728mm / 20.28" x 28.66")
©Alejandro Jodorowsky & Pascale Montandon-Jodorowsky
Exclusive Link to Watch the Film
You will get a digital stream or download of the completed ENDLESS POETRY (Poesía Sin Fin) movie: a poem in the form of a film.
Exclusive Link to Watch a Video of Jodorowsky's Open Tarot Card Reading
You will get an exclusive link to watch a video (approx. 40 min) of Jodorowsky's open tarot card reading which was held in Japan in 2014.
You will get a T-shirt printed with quotes from Alejandro Jodorowsky's original poem about film. International shipping available.
Premiere Invitation Pass
You will receive an invitation for two people to attend one of the ENDLESS POETRY (Poesía Sin Fin) premieres, which will be held in Santiago, Paris, New York and Tokyo (excluding travel expenses). International shipping available.
Hardcover Copy of Jodorowsky's Autobiographical Novel WHERE THE BIRD SINGS BEST
You will get a new hardcover copy of the first English-language edition of Jodorowsky's acclaimed epic novel, Where the Bird Sings Best—a prequel to The Dance of Reality and Endless Poetry—which is being published by Restless Books on March 31, 2015.
The novel tells the fantastic story of the Jodorowskys' emigration from Ukraine to Chile amidst the political and cultural upheavals of the 19th and 20th centuries. Like One Hundred Years of Solitude, the book transforms family history into heroic legend: incestuous beekeepers hide their crime with a living cloak of bees, a czar fakes his own death to live as a hermit amongst the animals, a devout grandfather confides only in the ghost of a wise rabbi, a transgender ballerina with a voracious sexual appetite holds a would-be saint in thrall. Kaleidoscopic, exhilarating, and erotic, Where the Bird Sings Best expands the classic immigration story to mythic proportions.
Props from Dance of Reality
You will get a fantastic and rare prop from Dance of Reality via airmail.
A Copy of “SONS OF EL TOPO” 1st Vol. Draft Script with Jodorowsky's Autograph
You will get a copy of “SONS OF EL TOPO” First Volume Draft Script (black and white, written in Spanish). We will print them out, bind them, and Alejandro Jodorowksy himself will autograph each and every copy. “SONS OF EL TOPO” is a comic book Alejandro Jodorowsky is writing with a Mexican comic book writer José Ladrönn, set to be completed by the end of 2015. It is a project Alejandro Jodorowsky has long wanted to make into a film. For now, it’s been brought to life as a comic book.
Accomplished artist Alejandro Jodorowsky is known internationally for his merits in film, literature and comic book authorship. The "father of the midnight movie," he is best known for his avant-garde films El Topo and The Holy Mountain and has since been admired by cult cinema enthusiasts of all generations for his ability to create powerful, poetic and surreal images. He has been a key figure of avant-garde artistic creation and out-of-the box thinking since the 1940s and 1950s, when he was growing up in Chile. A college dropout he left Chile for Paris, where he joined André Breton's surrealists group and studied pantomime with the great Etienne Decroux. He later went on to develop his vision of theatre in Mexico, where he revolutionized popular aesthetics. He is also known for creating and developing Psycomagic, a form of therapy that aims to heal psychological wounds through the performance of certain prescribed acts that can directly tap into and heal the unconscious mind.
El Topo, colour, 124 min, 1970. 1972 Ariel Award for Best Cinematography, Best Production Design Best Editing 2006 Cannes Classic Official Selection
The Holy Mountain, colour, 113 min, 1973. Special Mention at 1973 Taormina International Film Festival
Tusk, colour, 119 min, 1980.
Santa Sangre, colour, 113 min, 1989. Saturn Best Performance by a Young Actor Award, 1991, Academy of SciFi, Fantasy and Horror Film
The Rainbow Thief, colour, 87 min, 1990.
The Dance of Reality (La Danza de la Realidad), colour, 130 min, 2013. 2013 Quizaine des Realisateurs, Cannes Film Festival 2013 Best Feature Award, Oslo Films From The South Festival
Writer & Director: Alejandro Jodorowsky
Director of Photography: Toyomichi Kurita
Art Director:Takashi Sasaki
Costume design : Pascale Montandon-Jodorowsky
Music: Adan Jodorowsky
Producers: Xavier Guerrero Yamamoto, Takashi Asai
Executive Producers: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Moises Cosio, Takashi Asai
Owned by Alejandro Jodorowsky himself, Satori Films was founded in December 2014 by ENDLESS POETRY (Poesía Sin Fin) producers Xavier Guerrero Yamamoto and Takashi Asai in Paris, France. It serves as the production company and world seller of Jodorowsky's films.
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