Three years of striving, nine attempts at production. Terry Gilliam's Don Quixote has been maturing ever since 1989. The first time, the film proved to be technically unfeasible. During the second production in the autumn of 2000, the production was blighted by bad weather, and Jean Rochefort's health problems put the final seal on the shoot – a series of misfortunes described by Terry Gilliam in the hit documentary, Lost in la Mancha, in 2002.
Adam Driver (Paterson, 2016, BlacKkKlansman in Competition, 2018) and Jonathan Pryce (Brazil, 1985, Tomorrow Never Dies, 1997) are the proud standard bearers of the finished version, to be presented in the Closing Ceremony. At 70, Price had reached a plausible age for the "knight of the sad face" and this regular member of the director's casts hints, not without a dash of humour, that Terry Gilliam had been waiting for him along...
In a series of flashbacks, the righter of wrongs in a costume made of dozens of CDs (for the reflective effect) lives through a series of fantastical adventures transposed to the modern age, accompanied by his Sancho Panza reincarnated as Toby, a young disillusioned director of ads. A faithful servant you can find in images against the grandiose backdrops of Spain and Portugal.
Terry Gilliam wrote the screenplay with Tony Grisoni, continuing a collaboration that includes Las Vegas Parano, Tideland and The Brothers Grimm. Behind the camera is the famous Nicola Pecorini (Zero Theorem, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Las Vegas Parano).