FANDO Y LIS (1968)

Alejandro Jodorowsky

Director: Alejandro Jodorowsky
Cast: Sergio Kleiner, Diana Mariscal, María Teresa Rivas
Country: Mexico
Year: 1968
Running time: 93 minutes
Territory: Benelux
Format: 4K DCP
Language: Spanish
Subtitle options: English

Alejandro Jodorowsky’s first feature, Fando y Lis, is a brutal and scathing examination of destructive co-dependence between two lovers conflicted by anguish and the demands they put on one another. Its grotesque and salacious imagery caused a riot at the 1968 premiere in Acapulco Film Festival which Jodorowsky narrowly escaped after having his life threatened, only to have his limousine pelted with rocks by moviegoers. The film was eventually banned in Mexico. Boasting some of his most disturbing images, Fando y Lis, is an extraordinarily ambitious and excessive adaptation of a controversial play by Fernando Arrabal, and sows the seeds for many thematic tropes and themes that Jodorowsky would explore in his later works.

This meticulous restoration, overseen by Mr. Jodorowsky, comes from two sources: the original 35mm negative and the one reel from the duplicate negative, making for the most pristine version of the film available.

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