Cannes Film Fest 2018: Terry Gilliam Suffers Minor Stroke, Waiting for Verdict on his Film

Director Terry Gilliam suffered a minor stroke over the weekend, days before a final verdict on whether his long-gestating passion project The Man Who Killed Don Quixote will be screened as the closing film at the 71st Cannes Film Fest.

Gilliam, 77, had a minor stroke but is fine now and recuperating at his home in the UK, awaiting the outcome of a court ruling regarding the screening of Don Quixote on the last night of the festival, May 19.

French newspaper Nice-Matin first reported the news.

Gilliam and the producers of Don Quixote are in a legal spat with Paulo Branco, a producer on the film.  Branco, who claims to have the rights to the film, has sought an injunction at a Parisian court to prevent the film from being shown both at Cannes and in French cinemas. A final ruling will be made in Paris on Wednesday.

A passion project for Gilliam, Don Quixote stars Adam Driver, Jonathan Pryce and Olga Kurylenko. A surrealist interpretation of the Cervantes classic, the film follows Toby, a disillusioned advertising exec, who is pulled into a world of time-jumping fantasy when a Spanish cobbler believes him to be Sancho Panza. He then gradually becomes unable to distinguish dreams from reality.

 

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