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

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Terry Gilliam

In the dark Middle Ages, a monster called Jabberwocky is terrorising the locals. King Bruno makes an announcement saying that the knight who succeeds in slaughtering the beast will be given his daughter's hand in reward. Dennis, the cooper's son, succeeds in carrying out the feat and is to marry the princess, but his true love is the fat and common Griselda.


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, Charles Alverson
Terry Bedford
Michael Bradsell
De Wolfe
Michael Palin, Max Wall, Deborah Fallender, John Le Mesurier
Running Time
100 m.
United Kingdom
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