The Holy Mountain (50th Aniversary Screening)

The scandal of the 1973 Cannes Film Festival, Chilean writer/director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s flood of sacrilegious imagery and existential symbolism in THE HOLY MOUNTAIN is a spiritual quest for enlightenment pitting illusion against truth. The Alchemist (Jodorowsky) assembles together a group of people from all walks of life to represent the planets in the solar system. The occult adept’s intention is to put his recruits through strange mystical rites and divest them of their worldly baggage before embarking on a trip to Lotus Island. There they ascend the Holy Mountain to displace the immortal gods who secretly rule the universe.

“Not even Buñuel with a brainful of Woodstock’s bad brown acid could have made something this gloriously screwy.” (Time Out Magazine)

“Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Holy Mountain is a dazzling, rambling, often incoherent satire on consumerism, militarism and exploitation.” (The NY Times)

“This is an extraordinary visual concoction, loaded with stunning primary colors, anti-religious caricatures drawn from Diego Rivera and a succession of dreamlike, grotesque vistas worthy of Dalí at his most deranged.” (Salon.com)

“Neither for the faint of heart or the linear of thinker, ‘The Holy Mountain’ qualifies both as a fascinating period relic and an enduringly transfixing jaw-dropper.” (Toronto Star)

Saturday, July 29 (Encore Screening)
Doors 10:00 pm | Movie 10:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time.
Advance tickets HERE

THE HOLY MOUNTAIN (Alejandro Jodorowsky, 1973 / 114 mins / 18A / English subtitles) In a corrupt, greed-fueled world, a powerful alchemist leads a Christ-like character and seven materialistic figures to the Holy Mountain, where they hope to achieve enlightenment.

*Minors OK. Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service.
*Rio Theatre Groupons and Rio Theatre passes are OK for any single film screening only. Please redeem at the box office.
*Online sales end an hour before showtime; unless otherwise noted, tickets are always available for purchase at the box office prior to showtime. All Rio Theatre tickets are final sale. Our box office is typically open 30 minutes before showtime. All seating is General Admission; please arrive 20-30 minutes prior to showtime to ensure great seats and time for treats.
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The Alchemist assembles together a group of people from all walks of life to represent the planets in the solar system. The occult adept's intention is to put his recruits through strange mystical rites and divest them of their worldly baggage before embarking on a trip to Lotus Island. There they ascend the Holy Mountain to displace the immortal gods who secretly rule the universe.

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