A producer on Alejandro Jodorowsky’s “Endless Poetry” is combating to reclaim a $200,000 mortgage compensation as a part of an ongoing authorized dispute with the cult filmmaker’s Satori Movies banner.
A Paris tribunal has directed Satori Movies to pay Amir Abbas Nokhasteh, an govt producer on “Endless Poetry,” virtually $200,000 in compensation of a mortgage from the producer that was used to make the 2016 movie.
A March 2020 courtroom order from the Judicial Tribunal of Paris, seen by Selection, required Satori Movies to pay a provisional sum of $193,484.01 as compensation of a $200,000 mortgage on the movie, plus $3,563 in authorized prices. Nonetheless, Satori Movies, of which Jodorowsky owns 94%, filed for voluntary liquidation on July 23, in response to filings on France’s Infogreffe registry, seen by Selection.
“I’m not looking for sympathy at all. It is more about shedding a light on something that is happening,” Nokhasteh tells Selection.
The origins of the dispute stretch again to 2015 when Jodorowsky, now 91 — a filmmaker globally famend for surrealist movies like “El Topo,” “The Holy Mountain” and “Santa Sangre” — and documentary producer Nokhasteh (“Chuck Norris vs. Communism,” “The Ballad of Exiles Yilmaz Guney”) teamed up for “Endless Poetry,” a biographical drama taking a look at Jodorowsky’s youth in Chile.
Nokhasteh loaned the filmmaker roughly $200,000 in Could 2015, and “Endless Poetry” went on to play the competition circuit in 2016, together with Locarno, Munich and San Francisco, the place it gained the viewers award for greatest narrative function. In Could 2018, the producer was paid $6,515.99 with the promise of extra funds, although these by no means materialized.
In July 2019, the London-based Nokhasteh took authorized motion towards Paris-based Satori, with the French Tribunal listening to the case this previous February.
Satori contended on the time that Nokhasteh’s authentic 2015 contract had a danger connected to this stage of movie financing. Satori additionally argued that compensation of the $200,000 was contingent on the corporate receiving a ¥50 billion ($475,000) grant from Japan’s Unijapan Bunkachocho Coproduction, and in addition demanded €5,000 ($5,936) in prices.
Nokhasteh’s authorized representatives introduced a translation of the contract, uncontested by Satori, in courtroom. The doc states that Nokhasteh’s $200,000 is a “direct capital investment”; that $200,000 of the Japanese grant, to be acquired by Satori after the primary Japanese screening of “Endless Poetry” in April 2016 can be put aside for Nokhasteh and despatched to him by financial institution switch by April 30, 2016; and that the restoration of Nokhasteh’s debt is with none situation. The courtroom order equally discovered that the contract didn’t have these circumstances.
Following the courtroom resolution, Satori appealed unsuccessfully. Nonetheless, now that the corporate is in voluntary liquidation, Nokhasteh must declare his declare to the liquidator and undergo the authorized course of once more, because the courtroom judgement pertains solely to a working firm.
“It’s hard. It makes you feel like nothing,” says Nokhasteh.
Individually, Satori has additionally been in the midst of an acrimonious separation from former firm president Xavier Guerrero Yamamoto, who has producer credit on “Endless Poetry” and Jodorowsky titles “The Dance of Reality” and “Pyschomagic, a Healing Art.”
Referring to the Nokhasteh case, Yamamoto informed Selection, “Jodorowsky has money. He has enough money to solve all the problems and all the debts. But he doesn’t want to use his money to pay.”
“As I always said, I am an artist and I don’t do art to make money,” Jodorowsky informed Selection through e mail. “Little by little, I economized money during 20 years in order to produce my own films. I did it. I spent almost 2 millions of dollars [sic] to make my three last movies, and I lost everything because my films are not commercial.”
The filmmaker alleges that Satori owes him €700,000 ($826,941). “As you know, when you produce independent films, you take the risk to lose your money, because true art is not a business and my films didn’t make profit,” stated Jodorowsky.
Jodorowsky’s newest movie, documentary “Psychomagic, a Healing Art,” begins streaming within the U.S. on Aug. 7 through Alamo On Demand.
Manori Ravindran contributed to this report.