El Topo18

Directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky | Mexico | 1970 | 2h 5m | Spanish w/ English subtitles | Starring Alejandro Jodorowsky, Brontis Jodorowsky, José Legarreta, Alfonso Arau, Gerardo Zepeda

In the barren expanse of the desert, a mysterious gunslinger, donned in black, embarks on a transformative journey in search of enlightenment. Joined by his young son, he navigates a landscape fraught with a succession of bizarre and symbolic trials, each forcing him to confront the fundamental nature of his own existence. Visionary Chilean filmmaker, Alejandro Jodorowsky concocts a surreal acid Western using evocative imagery, profound symbolism, and philosophical storytelling.


‘It’s tempting to say they don’t make films like this any more, but I’m not sure anyone has ever made them like Jodorowsky.’
Ed Potton, The Times

‘It’s a bizarre head-trip festival of occult psychedelia, heatstroke visuals, Age-of-Aquarius nude dancing and violence through poster-paint fake blood splattered about the place.’
Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

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Tomorrow (Tuesday 18th June)


The Beast 15
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