U.S. PREMIERE OF BRAND NEW RESTORATION!
Friday, April 1 – (3:30pm), 5:30pm, 7:30pm, 9:45pm
Saturday, April 2 – (1:00pm), (3:30pm), 5:30pm, 7:30pm, 9:45pm
Sunday, April 3 – (1:00pm), (3:30pm), 5:30pm, 7:30pm, 9:45pm
Monday, April 4 – (3:30pm), 5:30pm, 7:30pm, 9:45pm
Tuesday, April 5 – (3:30pm), 5:30pm, 7:30pm, 9:45pm
Wednesday, April 6 – (3:30pm), 5:30pm, 7:30pm, 9:45pm
Thursday, April 7 – (3:30pm), 5:30pm, 7:30pm, 9:45pm
( ) = $7 Matinee Screening
The Frida Cinema, in partnership with ABKCO Films, is proud to host the U.S. Premiere of ABKCO’s brand new digital restoration of FANDO Y LIS, the 1968 debut feature film by Alejandro Jodorowsky, visionary creator of El Topo, The Holy Mountain, and Santa Sangre!
Fando y Lis’ 1968 premiere at the Acapulco Film Festival cemented its legacy, when the film’s audience broke out into a riot, ultimately causing Jodorowsky to flee as people pelted his car with rocks. One week later the film opened to sell-out crowds in Mexico City, but fights broke out in the audiences and spilled out out into the streets, leading the film to ultimately be banned by the Mexican government, thus killing its chances at what was then the ultra-rare opportunity for the Mexican film to find its way into U.S. cinemas.
Blending surreal beauty and savage imagery, Fando y Lis – essentially the story of a young couple journeying to the mythical City of Tar – is based loosely on a play by Fernando Arrabal, who along with Roland Topor and Jodorowsky founded the Panic Movement years earlier in 1961. The film bridged Jodorowsky’s work and passion for the theater with his developing interest in cinema, and exemplifies his interest in pushing the use of absurdism beyond the surreal in order to shock an audience into new perspectives on existence. A bizarre tale of corrupted innocence, sadomasochistic love, and unattainable paradise, the film follows Fando as he literally carries the crippled Lis, alternately in his arms or in a wagon he pulls, through several encounters with a number of strange people and surreal situations.
Join us as we make history at The Frida Cinema with one of cinema history’s most mythically elusive, and ultimately groundbreaking, international films.
96 minutes. Mexico. Presented in Spanish with English subtitles. Not rated, but discretion strongly advised due to graphic nudity and violence.
“****. Jodorowsky’s lyrical fantasy leaves Fellini and Buñuel spluttering in its dust.” – Film4
“****. A cross between Luis Bunuel and John Waters.” – Combustible Celluloid
“An adorable, preposterous mutant film from the heyday of international do-your-own-thing moviemania.” – Village Voice