Fando y Lis
|Fando & Lis|
|Directed by||Alejandro Jodorowsky|
|Written by||Fernando Arrabal (play)|
|Music by||Pepe Ávila|
|Distributed by||Abkco Records|
Fando y Lis is a 1968 Mexican film directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky in his feature length directorial debut. It is an adaptation of a play of the same name by Fernando Arrabal, who was working with Jodorowsky on performance art at the time. The film was shot in high-contrast black-and-white on the weekends with a small budget and was first shown at the Acapulco Film Festival in 1968.
The film follows Fando (Sergio Klainer) and his paraplegic girlfriend Lis (Diana Mariscal) through a barren, postapocalyptic wasteland in search of the mythical city of Tar, a place where one will know the true nature of eternity, and reach enlightenment. On their journey they see many odd and profoundly disturbing characters and events.
When the film premièred at the 1968 Acapulco film festival, a full-scale riot broke out. The film was later banned in Mexico. Roman Polanski (who was there with his wife Sharon Tate to promote his film Rosemary's Baby) defended the film, stating that he defends any auteur's right of expressing himself with complete liberty and that censorship in art and culture was just not acceptable (as had happened to him in his motherland).
Digital Restoration and Re-Release
The film has received a 4K digital restoration and is set to be re-released in UK cinemas by Abkco Films for a limited time commencing on February 7, 2020.
- Rosenbaum, 1992. p.92
- Rosenbaum, 1992. p.93
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