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Four Days of Jodorowsky (WITH Jodorowsky!) at KW, Berlin

by Suzanne on May 3rd, 2011


(Restored) still from Alejandro Jodorowsky's La Montaña Sagrada, 1973

My German brethren and sistren, I am delighted to announce that the great Alejandro Jodorowsky will be visiting you next week bringing not only four of his movies but HIMSELF to your capital!


(Restored) still from Alejandro Jodorowsky's La Montaña Sagrada, 1973

Here are the details:

Day One: Wednesday, May 11
8 PM: Talk with Alejandro Jodorowksy
9 PM: El Topo (MEX 1970, color, 125 min.)

Day Two: Thursday, May 12
9 PM: The Holy Mountain (MEX/USA 1974, color, 114 min.)

Day Three: Friday, May 13
9 PM: Santa Sangre (MEX/IT 1989, color, 123 min.)

Day Four: Saturday, May 14
9 PM: Fando y Lis (MEX 1967, b/w, 96 min.)


(Restored) still from Alejandro Jodorowsky's La Montaña Sagrada, 1973

This glorious 4 day event will take place at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art at Auguststraße (map). Click here for the full listing. Admission is €5 - I guess that's for one day.

Don't miss this!

Oh, and btw, if you enjoy Jodorowsky's work, you might like to check out my recent post on “Les Yeux Du Chat” by Moebius/Jodorowsky.

And now some spoilers from La Montaña Sagrada for those unfamiliar with Jodorowsky's work:

"Les Yeux Du Chat" by Moebius/Jodorowsky

by Suzanne on February 25th, 2011


Page from Les Yeux Du Chat by Alejandro Jodorowsky, illustrated by Jean Giraud/Moebius - click to enlarge

Now people who know me are aware that yellow really isn't my colour of choice, but when I spotted these absolutely breathtaking Moebius illustrations over at the blog for all things Moebius, Quenched Consciousness (recommended to me by the amazing Nicholas Kahn), to Alejandro Jodorowsky's Les Yeux Du Chat, I had to rethink.

Quenched Consciousness says about the concept behind the series:

"So Les Yeux Du Chat’s narrative is a pretty simple one, but it’s got kind of an interesting structure. The book is like a series of two page spreads [...] (In) every odd numbered, or lefthand, page [...] all that can be seen is the silhouette of a man and the frame of his window [...]. The righthand pages are gorgeous splash pages showing a bird (named Meduz) attack and kill a cat, steal its eyes, and bring them to the man in the tower (who has an apparent psychic link with Meduz).

This simple back and forth of the page structure is surprisingly engrossing, both humanizing this sad man desperate to see and elevating the life of a bird to a kind of intimidating scale.

In all it’s 53 pages in length, the size a typical French album comic book."


Page from Les Yeux Du Chat by Alejandro Jodorowsky, illustrated by Jean Giraud/Moebius - click to enlarge

You can see some of the scans revealing architectural visions that would make a Hugh Ferriss and Fritz Lang tremble in awe, beautifully rendered animal scenes reminiscent of Christopher Conn Askew and apocalyptic dehumanisations à la Zdzislaw Beksinski by looking up the Yeux du chat tag on QC's Tumblr.


Page from Les Yeux Du Chat by Alejandro Jodorowsky, illustrated by Jean Giraud/Moebius - click to enlarge