The Holy Mountain @ IFC

Thursday, September 10, 2009 | |

Mexican filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky lit a fire under the film industry when he released The Holy Mountain at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival. The followup to his debut film El Topo, The Holy Mountain is based on the French surrealist Rene Daumal's classic Mount Analogue and explores the psychedelic crevices of the Jadorowsky's mind. Also of note, The Holy Mountain was produced by Beatles manager Allen Klein (thanks wikipedia!). Once again, Jodorowsky plays the allegorically named lead, “The Alchemist,” who 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. Check the original trailer below and buy tickets to see the film on the big screen!!