2019. United Kingdom. 85 min English.
Director: Keith Fulton, Louis Pepe Featuring: Terry Gilliam, Jonathan Pryce, Adam Driver
From the team behind Lost in La Mancha and The Hamster Factor, He Dreams of Giants is the culmination of a trilogy of documentaries that have followed film director Terry Gilliam over a twenty-five-year period. For over thirty years, Terry Gilliam has dreamed of creating a screen adaptation of Don Quixote. When he first attempted the production in 2000, Gilliam already had the reputation of being a bit of a Quixote himself: a filmmaker whose stories of visionary dreamers raging against gigantic forces mirrored his own artistic battles with the Hollywood machine. The collapse of that infamous and ill-fated production only further cemented Gilliam’s reputation as an idealist chasing an impossible dream. The film picks up Gilliam’s story seventeen years later as he finally mounts the production once again and combines immersive verité́ footage of Gilliam’s production with intimate interviews and archival footage from the director’s entire career, He Dreams of Giants is a meditation on the value of creativity in the face of mortality.
This screening is part of our 2020 VAFF at Violet Crown series.
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