Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Jodorowsky Gets Funding for Dream Project 'Abel Cain'
Chilean filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky is a diverse artist with an eclectic background that includes being a scholar, playwright, composer, actor, comic book writer, historian and psychotherapist. The man is a chameleon. In May it was announced that Jodorowsky was going to work with acclaimed director David Lynch on King Shot which was described as a "metaphysical spaghetti western." Though he hasn't exactly been relevant in contemporary filmmaking over the past two decades, it looks like his work with Lynch has paid off as Quiet Earth reports that he now has the funding needed to make his dream project Abel Cain.
Jodorowsky calls the film "the sons of El Topo" (see above), a nod to his 1970 revisionist western El Topo. The story follows Abel and Cain who, upon the death of their mother, embark on a journey to bury her holy body next to their father's grave on a forbidden paradise island. But the island's treasures attract numerous kidnappers with different plans. While I'm not entirely familiar with his work, I do know that Jodorowsky is considered a groundbreaking filmmaker who, at his best, was worthy of being mentioned in the same breath as such visionary, abstract filmmakers as Pier Paolo Pasolini, Luis Bunuel and Federico Fellini. Impressive.
Producers Arcadiy Golubovich and Olga Mirimskaya, along with the help of Parallel Films are pushing the film along through pre-production, and I'm sure Jodorowsky couldn't be happier. We'll keep an eye on this one, if anything, out of sheer morbid curiosity, as well as Jodorowsky's other upcoming project King Shot.