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Spotlight Cinema: Endless Poetry

  • Madison Museum of Contemporary Art 227 State Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

Fans of El Topo and The Holy Mountain would be remiss in not seeing Alejandro Jodorowsky's latest masterpiece, Endless Poetry, making its Madison premiere here as part of MMOCA's Spotlight Cinema series. In this autobiographical film, first released last year, Jodorowsky takes viewers back to his native Chile and applies his distinctive lens to his own youth. Jodorowsky was influenced by some of the premiere Chilean artists and thinkers of his day, who would go on to become giants in the Latin American literary field, and Endless Poetry channels these inspirations and the director's youthful self-discovery into a characteristically surreal journey. He was heavily influenced by Nicanor Parra, a Cervantes-prize winning author who is known for his effortless blend of colloquialisms and more conventional prose. The mark of poet Enrique Lihn is quite salient here as well, in the film's prevalent themes of death, religion and the fluid nature of time. Most Jodorowsky fare is not for the faint of heart, and this film helps to explain why, showing how a young Alejandro was able to break free from the chains of morality to express himself within the confines of the profane and sublime. Saturated in rich colors and textures, this screening is one of the highlights of the fall screening calendar in Madison. —Edwanike Harbour

Earlier Event: October 15
VNV Nation, iVardensphere
Later Event: October 18
Cousin Stizz, Big Leano, Swoosh