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65th San Sebastian Film Festival
22/30 September 2017 - #65ssiff

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Terry Gilliam

Christmas of any year in the 20th century. A malevolent, contaminated society, with omnipresent machines and distrustful, repressive and tentacular bureaucracy made gangrenous by incompetence. Sam Lowry is a civil servant at the Ministry of Information with no purpose or punch, a cog in the system whose only way of escape are the nightly dreams in which he defies the Forces of Doom.


A cartoonista and comedian, Terry Gilliam (Minneapolis, 1940), worked in New York for the famous editor of Mad, Harvey Kurtzman. In 1967 he moved to London to be with his English actor friend John Cleese, who introduced him to Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin, the original members of the then soon-to-be Monty Python team. Together with this squad, Gilliam participated in films with a particular brand of corrosive humour, such as Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979) and Monty Python's Meaning of Life (1983). 

During his period with Monty Python, Gilliam also went solo on the direction of two films, Jabberwocky (1977) and Time Bandits (1981). The group's split-up marked the start of Gilliam's most creative and personal period:  Brazil (1985), The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1989), The Fisher King (1991), 12 Monkeys (1995) and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998), the latter of which was a source of great controversy. 

Far from sticking to one particular tack, Gilliam still sees cinema as a field for research, whether formal -his origins as an ilustrator are still indelibly stamped on his images- or in the field of stories, which surprinsingly mix the most biting and cruel of mumorous with tragic pessimism. 

This retrospective will include a book entitled Terry Gilliam. El soñador rebelde, written by Jordi Costa and Sergi Sánchez and which will analyse his whole career to date.

Terry Gilliam, Tom Stoppard, Charles McKeown
Roger Pratt
Julian Doyle
Michael Kamen
Jonathan Pryce, Robert de Niro, Katherine Helmond, Ian Holm
Running Time
131 m.
United Kingdom - USA
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