Based on the play of the same name by his surrealist collaborator Fernando Arrabal, Alejandro Jodorowsky’s 1968 debut follows Fando and his disabled partner, Lis, as they search for the mythical city of Tar.
Despite its sparse black and white photography and limited budget, Fando & Lis shows Jodorowsky making his directorial debut as a fully formed, boundary pushing artist, creating a hellish desert landscape full of devilish, grotesque figures who stand in the way of Fando and Lis’ journey, each of them representing some kind of repressive ideology or world view.
Whilst this film may be less well known than Jodorowsky’s cult touchstones El Topo and The Holy Mountain, it is every bit as fierce and iconoclastic: Fando & Lis caused a full scale riot when it was screened in Mexico in 1968, and was subsequently banned. See the film as never never before in this new 4K restoration courtesy of Arrow Films.
Alejandro Jodorowsky’s El Topo and The Holy Mountain also screen in new 4K restorations at Tyneside Cinema this month.