Rent the film to receive an invite to our livestream Q&A with Alejandro Jodorowsky on August 8th.
The follow-up to his midnight movie sensation EL TOPO, writer-director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s THE HOLY MOUNTAIN caused a scandal at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival with its flood of sacrilegious (and sacrilicious) imagery, existential symbolism and outrageous violence.
An austere figure known as The Alchemist (Jodorowsky himself) assembles a group of people from all walks of life and renames them for the planets in the solar system. Putting his recruits through strange mystical rites and divesting them of their worldly baggage, he leads them on a trip to Lotus Island to ascend the Holy Mountain and displace the immortal gods who secretly rule the universe.
THE HOLY MOUNTAIN boasts an unparalleled visual vocabulary that has captivated and challenged viewers for decades, a riot of mystic and religious imagery underlining its vision of a spiritual quest towards enlightenment. Guaranteed to screw you up real good.
“Jodorowsky loves to confront the viewer with endless brutality and grotesque decadence and degradation, but here he expresses it with a rich, densely visual imagination.” - Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times