Things are looking up for Terry Gilliam’s film “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.” On May 9, 2018, the French court dismissed the request by Paulo Branco and his production company Alfama Films Production to ban the film from being screened during the closing night of the 71st Festival de Cannes on May 19, 2018.
As such, Branco and Alfama Films Production have naturally seen their claim for compensation from the Festival de Cannes thrown out. They have openly denigrated the event in the press and on social media, asserting that its organizers had no right to select “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” to be presented in Cannes.
The campaign of attempted intimidation orchestrated by Branco and his lawyer son have therefore proved fruitless. The urgent applications judge has, through this decision, confirmed that contrary to what Branco has continued to claim among other slanderous attacks and lies, the Festival de Cannes has never placed itself above the law nor has it attempted to force through a decision.
Throughout the case, the Festival de Cannes has repeatedly expressed its loyalty and support for the creators. It is pleased to see that justice will allow the presentation of this work, whose director surely deserves to see it finally presented to the public.
“We are very pleased that this unique, and in some ways agonizing, work in the career of the great director Terry Gilliam will be unveiled for the first time to journalists, festival-goers and professionals from around the world, gathered together in the Grand Amphithéâtre Lumière,” the film festival said in a statement. “Since Tuesday, cinema has regained its rights. The Festival is a unique forum for freedom of expression. It will remain so.”
Gilliam co-wrote “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” with Toni Grisoni. The fantasy adventure comedy film stars Adam Driver, Jonathan Pryce, Stellan Skarsgard, Olga Kurylenko, Joana Ribeiro, Oscar Jaenada, Jason Watkins, Sergi Lopez, Rossy de Palma, Hovik Keuchkerian and Jordi Molla.
Meanwhile, watch the live streaming of the 2018 Cannes Film Festival here: