Monday, 4 February 2013

Asia Argento/Jodorowsky: The Madness

After Jennifer Lynch and Brendan Cronenberg, it is the turn of yet another child of one of cinema's tzar of the bizarre to follow their infamous fathers' footsteps, Adan Jodorowsky. I truly hope Peter Greenaway's children are taking note as we speak. Anyhow, out of nowhere came this teaser for Adan Jodorowsky's film called The Voice Thief, which looks absolutely fantastic!

At first, I got excited, what a brilliant trailer, I thought, I cannot wait for the full film! Then I realised it might be a fake trailer, cruelly destined never to be seen, a bit like Thanksgiving or Fu Manchu with Nicolas Cage in Grindhouse, which never got the transition to full feature length they deserved (at least we got Machette!). The reality lies half way through. While The Voice Thief is a real film indeed, this teaser is meant as a crowd funding tool to help the director realise a short film out of this.

I have to make the painful admission that I have yet to see any film of Alexander Jodorowsky (El Topo, Santa Sangre, and a Dune adaptation with Salvador Dali which never happened), because my more stubborn younger self imagined his films to be full of people screaming at the top of their lungs, possibly naked and covered in mud, but I intend to remedy to that. Yet I am well aware of his reputation for making the most mystical/experimental/surreal/baroque films, so it is easy to see where his son has taken his influence from. There are also hints of video artists Matthew Barney in here (see his ambitious and sprawling serie of films Cremaster).

As the icing on the cake, it features indie darling Asia Argento, who knows a thing or two about having a famous father. Quite why the film features a midget dressed as Alice In Wonderland is anyone's guess. But this is as beautiful and enthralling as anything I have seen this year. While I appreciate this has almost nothing to do with it, and it will NEVER happen, I could imagine him doing the sequel to Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife, with his Chirico-esque landscapes and metaphysical madness. But I digress. And the good news is Adan Jodorowsky has managed to meet his funding target on kickstarter,  so touch wood the shooting will start soon!

The Voice Thief - Teaser from KNIGHTWORKS on Vimeo.

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