Lion in the Doorway

Institute History

  • 1986 Sundance Film Festival


Lion in the Doorway is a crazed metaphysical Western in which a cowboy figure conjoins with Pierrot Le Fou and Icarus to journey across the bizarre lunar landscapes of the Australian bush. Their encounters are more than strange. Shadows, dreams, memories form so stunning a symbolic tableaux that specific images exceed containment by the already wandering narrative line. Allegorical and avant-garde, Lion in the Doorway relies on a broad spectrum of cultural icons (more often in collision than in harmony) to produce rich connotations and eccentric visions. Upon seeing it Werner Herzog was reported to have demanded, “We must have this film!”

Screening Details

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