Cannes: Terry Gilliam's 'Don Quixote' Beats Legal Bid Over Closing-Night Screening

Sergio Cunningham
May 10, 2018

A French court on Wednesday ruled the Cannes Film Festival can screen Terry Gilliam's "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote", despite a request from the film's producer that the showing be blocked. In a broader, separate case over the rights to the film, a Paris court issued a ruling favorable to Branco a year ago.

The veteran filmmaker suffered a stroke in London over the weekend and was unable to attend Monday's court hearing in Paris relating to the film's presence at Cannes, according to French newspaper Nice-Matin.

The star is hoping to travel to the Cannes Film Festival next week for the screening of his long-awaited film, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. "Jabberwocky" (1977); 7:30 p.m. "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" (1975) with short film "Terry Gilliam's Lost Animations." $13. "Let's turn this (court) victory into a great party". Production began in 2000, but had been hit with problems from the start, for example as slashed budgets and ill health among throw members so much so, by 2003, a documentary about the troubled job was released, predicted "dropped at La Mancha".

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Those who have been following know that Gilliam has been working on this film in some capacity since the '90s, and that in 1998, he even had the likes of Jean Rochefort and Johnny Depp attached.

A host of Hollywood stars including Ewan McGregor, John Hurt, Robert Duvall and Jack O'Connell were later linked with the project, but each time the production fell through. But last summer, Branco sued the production, claiming he owned the rights and that Gilliam's finished version was "illegal".

Courts in France and Britain have previously sided with Branco in the long-running dispute. After a number of other false starts, Gilliam finally got the film off the ground again in 2016 and completed filming with Adam Driver, Jonathan Pryce, and Olga Kurylenko, but perhaps unsurprisingly, completing filming didn't mean the end of this curse.

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