Monday, 6 January 2020

FEBRUARY: Holy Mountain - Connaught Cinema  - Monday 10th

February's screening is Chilean/French director Alejandro Jodorowsky's The Holy Mountain (1973).
Date: MONDAY 10th February
Doors open: 8.15pm
Tickets: free to members / £7.50 for adults £6.50 for seniors and students
Connaught Cinema on Monday 10th February

Opening up 2020 with a cinematic  bang WFC are proud to present Alejandro Jodorowsky's 1973 mind bending and visually stunning The Holy Mountain. Financed by an ex-Beatle (John Lennon) and subsequently produced and stashed for decades by the band's ex-manager (Allen Klein), Alejandro Jodorowsky's The Holy Mountain is certainly unique cinema and experience extraordinaire. Skewering organized religion, consumerism, and both American peace-and-love hippiedom and militarism via a surreal search for spiritual enlightenment, The Holy Mountain is a rainbow-hued phantasmagoria of Dali-esque dementia.

Born in Chile in 1929 into what he called an abusive family, Jodorowsky left the familial home at 23 never to return. He read avidly, dabbled in poetry, spent two years at university only to leave and become interested in theatre, where after he left for France. In France he worked as a novelist, screenwriter, a poet, a playwright, an essayist, a film and theatre director and producer, an actor, a film editor, a comics writer, a musician and composer, a philosopher, a puppeteer, a mime artist, a psychologist and psychoanalyst, a draughtsman, a painter, a sculptor, and a spiritual guru. But it is his venerated avant-garde and cult cinema, such as El Topo (1970), The Holy Mountain and Santa Sangre (1989), all filled with violently surreal images coupled with a hybrid blend of mysticism and religious provocation that he will best be known for.

The Holy Mountain is another complex, multi-part story that featured a man credited as "The Thief" and equated with Jesus Christ, a mystical alchemist played by Jodorowsky, seven powerful business people representing seven of the planets, a religious training regimen of spiritual rebirth, and a quest to the top of a holy mountain for the secret of immortality. Difficult to classify, and nearly impossible to explain to those who have yet to experience it; It is simultaneously beautiful and disgusting; at times it is pretentious and shallow, and other times fascinating and profound. It is nothing short of a masterpiece, and comes riddled, top to tail, with all manner of extraordinary and breathtaking set pieces, unfurling like a hallucinogenic daydream. The Holy Mountain is a film that truly must be seen to be believed.

And here at WFC Towers we can’t wait to screen it for you and at the fantastic Connaught too! Please don’t miss it. Watch the trailer here

 ‘Neither for the faint of heart or the linear of thinker, The Holy Mountain qualifies both as a fascinating period relic and an enduringly transfixing jaw-dropper.’   Geoff Pevere - The Toronto Star

***Don't forget you can join our film club with membership still only £30 for a year of screenings! Pay cash or cheque on the night, with at least FOUR screenings at the Connaught included in your subscription PLUS use of our extensive DVD library, priority booking with any other on location or WFC screening and exclusive invite to our lavish Christmas party. You KNOW it makes sense!***