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52e Poetry International Festival Rotterdam

Poesía sin fin, by Alejandro Jodorowsky - feature film

Date
Su June 12
16:30 - 18:40
Location
LantarenVenster 3
Poesía sin fin, by Alejandro Jodorowsky - feature film

Poesía sin fin, by Alejandro Jodorowsky - feature film

Jodorowsky's penchant for surrealism and symbolism, in Federico Fellini's style, playful and light

Poesía sin fin, the second part of an autobiographical five-part work by Alejandro Jodorowsky (1929), is about his life as an adolescent in Santiago de Chile. This film also shows Jodorowsky's predilection for surrealism and symbolism, but because the spirit of Federico Fellini seems to be around in this film, the surrealism is playful and light. The characters in the film evoke a recognizable Fellini atmosphere, and the autobiographical retrospective is also reminiscent of Fellini.

In a mixture of fiction and reality, the character Jodorowsky appears in some scenes in different ages at the same time, creating multiple perspectives on the events of his life. One of the defining aspects is young Alejandro's struggle with his father's ideas and beliefs. In Poesía sin fin, Alejandro discovers poetry, which his father wants to keep him far from in order to make him a "real man. Alejandro flees his parental home and is taken in by a group of artists in Santiago. In that company he disco...

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Poesía sin fin, the second part of an autobiographical five-part work by Alejandro Jodorowsky (1929), is about his life as an adolescent in Santiago de Chile. This film also shows Jodorowsky's predilection for surrealism and symbolism, but because the spirit of Federico Fellini seems to be around in this film, the surrealism is playful and light. The characters in the film evoke a recognizable Fellini atmosphere, and the autobiographical retrospective is also reminiscent of Fellini.

In a mixture of fiction and reality, the character Jodorowsky appears in some scenes in different ages at the same time, creating multiple perspectives on the events of his life. One of the defining aspects is young Alejandro's struggle with his father's ideas and beliefs. In Poesía sin fin, Alejandro discovers poetry, which his father wants to keep him far from in order to make him a "real man. Alejandro flees his parental home and is taken in by a group of artists in Santiago. In that company he discovers poetry, which from then on becomes a defining factor in his life.

Poesía sin fin is also largely about friendship. In a beautiful scene we see how Alejandro visits the poet Enrique Lihn (Leandro Taub) and proposes to him that they become friends; in an experiment they walk in a straight line through the city without leaving each other's side, even though they have to go straight through houses and over cars and other obstacles to do so. But betrayal and forgiveness are also important. The political context is set in a few symbols: a crowd of people with masks instead of faces runs after a leader on horseback.

Alejandro literally goes against the flow and finally decides to leave his friends in Santiago and go to France. On the quay this time is his father, the father he has never seen again in reality, but to whom he speaks through the film in a wonderful final scene.

This film can be attended with a day ticket or festival passe-partout, or with a film ticket, to be booked through the film agenda of LantarenVenster.

Pricing

To be booked separately via LantarenVensteren's film agenda.
Also available with a day ticket or festival pass.
Day ticket: 10 to 20 euros (10 - 25 euros for Saturday, June 11)
Passe-Partout (three days): 25 - 50 euros

Language and duration

Spanish spoken, Dutch subtitles

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Gemeente Rotterdam
Nederlands Letterenfonds
Stichting Van Beuningen Peterich-fonds
Ludo Pieters Gastschrijver Fonds
Hendrik Muller fonds
Lira fonds
J.E. Jurriaanse
Literature Translation Institute of Korea
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