The Holy Mountain


35mm Repertory Screening

One of the undisputed masterpieces of cinema, Alejandro Jodorowsky’s surreal fantasy tale concern a mexican alchemist who leads a Christ-like figure to the Holy Mountain where he hopes to achieve enlightenment.

Alejandro Jodorowsky’s masterpiece of cinema is one of those film that once seen, can never be forgotten. For most us growing up, it was one of those elusive, magical titles that could only be encountered in flea-pit repertory houses as part of some otherworldly double bill – or a bit later in time, on late night t.v, in a shredded print.

It’s the kind of film that gets under your skin, bombarding you with bizarre, religious imagery, piling on theological allegory upon theological allegory and blasting your sense with a wheel of color, sound and music.

The story of the film concerns the Alchemist , portrayed by the director Jodorowsky himself, who encounters a Christ like figure who has been wondering the road. Taking the figure under his wing, the Alchemist introduces him to seven wealthy and powerful people, each one representing one of the planets within the solar system.  

This strange assembly of men will soon set on an impossible trek to the Holy Mountain where each will try to satisfy their own desires whether that is to seek enlightenment or to displace the Gods living there in order to become immortal. But the journey will not be easy.

This outrageous, one-of-a-kind film that is a discourse on religion, faith, greed and all other human emotions is the kind of cerebral experience that one could only get at the cinema. Jodorowsky’s ability to stage and frame out-of-this-world sequences that both alienate in their strangeness and yet compel with the powerful imagery only have strengthened since the film’s initial release.

It is a rare pleasure to be able to present such an iconic title from a 35mm print and it’s with great pride that Beyond Fest puts ‘Holy Mountain’ where it has always belonged: on the big screen, mesmerizing us with it’s larger-than-life imagery.

Evrim Ersoy

With Special Video Introduction by Alejandro Jodorowsky

Director: Alejandro Jodorowsky
Country: Mexico
Runtime: 114 minutes
Year: 1973