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'Jodorowsky's Dune' Documentary Earning Praise at Fantastic Fest
by Alex Billington
September 23, 2013
"A mind-expanding work of art." Now that is some great praise that makes me happy to hear. Genre festival Fantastic Fest 2013 is currently underway at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, TX. Among the many films screening at the festival is a sci-fi documentary called Jodorowsky's Dune, profiling Chilean filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky's ambitious attempt to adapt Frank Herbert's Dune in the 1970s. It's an outstanding must-see doc that first premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, where it ended up as one of my favorite films of that fest. The doc just premiered down at Fantastic Fest and is getting rave reviews from almost everyone.
Many of our friends/colleagues have posted effusive tweets praising the doc. Here are some of the best ones:
Jodorowsky's Dune is fantastic. Inspiring & immensely heartfelt. Tons of great info too about something magnificent that influenced a genre
— timbuel (@timbuel) September 22, 2013
Jodorowsky's Dune, important doc about an important sci-fi film, maybe the MOST important sci-fi film and one no one will ever see. Amazing.
— Jeremy Kirk (@JeremyKKirk) September 22, 2013
Jodorowsky's Dune was the best thing we've seen @fantasticfest. Fascinating & inspiring. See it even if you haven't read Dune. Jodo didn't.
— YEAH! (@yeah_tv) September 22, 2013
JODOROWSKY'S DUNE is essential viewing not just for Jodo fans but for lovers of art, music & film. If you create you need to see it. #FF2013
— Jay Hawkinson (@sleestakk) September 22, 2013
Jodorowsky's Dune: FUUUUUUuuuuuuuuck that was AMAZING. Jodorowsky is a beautiful maniac. Even his cat is interesting. #FF2013
— Laura Brady (@lauraebrady) September 22, 2013
JODOROWSKY'S DUNE: Required viewing for anyone who loves science fiction and/or cinema. Utterly brilliant. #FF2013
— Alan Cerny (@NordlingAICN) September 22, 2013
JODOROWSKY'S DUNE - With the caveat that I tend to love movies about movies, I loooooved this. A mind-expanding work of art. #fantasticfest
— Matt Singer (@mattsinger) September 22, 2013
JODOROWSKY'S DUNE is a fest highlight. A tale of passion & confluence of ridiculous talent. Heartbreaking & inspiring. #ff2013
— Carolee Mitchell (@leiabox) September 22, 2013
Jodorowsky's Dune: Powerful filmmaking that inspires creativity/anger at the studio system in equal measures. Jodo's passion shines. #ff2013
— Bill Graham (@cablebfg) September 22, 2013
In other news, JODOROWSKY'S DUNE is completely awesome in every way. One of my favorites of the fest by far #FF2013
— ErikDavis (@ErikDavis) September 22, 2013
JODOROWSKY'S DUNE could have been half as good and it'd still be amazing. Boundlessly captivating, funny, tragic, yet optimistic. #ff2013
— George A. Hickman (@popmortem) September 22, 2013
Jodorowsky’s Dune is my fav flix at @fantasticfest. Jodo excretes passion for the soul. I weep that his vision of Dune does not exist.
— DavidOmar (@DavidOmar) September 22, 2013
JODOROWSKY'S DUNE: highly entertaining doc about one of the most influential movies that never got made. Really fun. #FF2013
— Eric D. Snider (@EricDSnider) September 22, 2013
Still trippin off the Dune doc. Completely understandable why folks would drop everything to work w/ Jodorowsky. MAXIMUM WEIRDNESS/CHARISMA
— Joe Gross (@joegross) September 22, 2013
Greatly enjoyed JODOROWSKY'S DUNE. It's an inspiring look at passion and innovation and the creative soul. #fantasticfest
— Neil Miller (@rejects) September 22, 2013
Jodorowsky's Dune is a must watch for fans of movies, made or unmade. Humorous, enlightening, detailed and passionate.
— Eric Vespe (@EricVespe) September 22, 2013
In pre-production for over two years, Jodorowsky's Dune adaptation was to star his own 12 year old son alongside Orson Welles, Mick Jagger, David Carradine and even Salvador Dali, set to a musical score by Pink Floyd and art-design by some of the most provocative talents of the era, including H.R. Giger and Jean 'Moebius' Giraud. All of this and more is covered in this new documentary Jodorowsky's Dune, directed by Frank Pavich (N.Y.H.C.). The doc first premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and also played the Munich, Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals before arriving at Fantastic Fest. Here's the original teaser poster art:
Jodorowsky's Dune was picked up by Sony Pictures Classics earlier in the summer, and will be released on March 7th, 2014 early next year. For additional release updates, visit sonyclassics.com. Otherwise follow @JodorowskysDune for news on the doc. This is a must see when it opens in theaters, so mark it down now.