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Jodorowsky’s Dune

An inventive documentary charting Alejandro Jodorowsky’s infamous attempt to bring Frank Herbert’s novel to the big screen.


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  • Director Frank Pavich
  • Producers Frank Pavich, Stephen Scarlata
  • USA-France-Germany 2013
  • in English, Spanish, French and German with English subtitles
  • 90 mins
  • Sales City Film

In the mid-1970s, fresh from the critical and artistic triumphs of The Holy Mountain and El Topo, Chilean maverick Alejandro Jodorowsky set his sights on an adaptation of Frank Herbert’s fantasy opus Dune. However, following months of extensive writing, storyboarding, location hunting and casting, the project dramatically fell through – apparently leaving Jodorowsky’s ambitions to alter the landscape of science fiction cinema unfulfilled. With the help of a range of interviewees (which include HR Giger, Nicolas Winding Refn and, of course, Jodorowsky himself), first-time filmmaker Frank Pavich documents this legendary piece of Hollywood folklore with dynamic creativity. Using original pre-production illustrations to create animated interpretations of Jodorowsky’s vision, the resulting film is every bit as bold as its eccentric subject deserves. In so inventively telling the outlandish tale of what might just be the greatest movie never made, Pavich has gone and made a mini masterwork all of his own.

Michael Blyth

Director biography

Frank Pavich is a Croatian-American, New York City native currently living in Geneva, Switzerland. In 1995, when he was just 22 years old, he directed the cult underground music documentary NYHC. Following that, he co-produced Die Mommie Die! (Special Jury Prize, Sundance 2003) and has spent years in feature film and television development. Jodorowsky’s Dune is Pavich’s first feature and had its premiere in Cannes as part of the 2013 Director’s Fortnight.

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