Preview: The Man Who Killed Don Quixote
+ Q&A with Terry Gilliam
Terry Gilliam’s madcap adaptation of Miguel de Cervantes’ picaresque novel.
Spain, France, Belgium, UK 2018
Dir Terry Gilliam
With Jonathan Pryce, Adam Driver, Stellan Skarsgård, Olga Kurylenko
Courtesy of Sparky Pictures Ltd
Only a Terry Gilliam film could have its ‘making of’ screened almost two decades before the actual film is released. Lost in La Mancha was the 2002 documentary about Gilliam’s first attempt to adapt Miguel de Cervantes’ picaresque novel. That production ended up uncompleted. Gilliam persisted and finally his madcap, humorously heraldic mission reaches us. The narrative switches between four worlds: a shoot in Spain where frazzled director Toby (Adam Driver) is attempting to film his own adaptation of Cervantes’ novel; a decade before, when Toby arrived in the same area and shot a low-budget black-and-white version; the filmmaker’s journey with the eponymous star of the first film (Jonathan Pryce) as they escape a series of ‘accidents’; and a hallucinatory dream world where characters from each of the narratives converge. Visually intoxicating, Gilliam offers up a jocular meditation on the pervasive influence of myths, the corrupting nature of power and the insanity of the filmmaking process.
Ian Haydn Smith, BFI London Film Festival 2018
Tickets £15, concs £12 (Members pay £2 less)
An additional screening on 21 Sep 20:20 NFT1 will be introduced by Terry Gilliam.