Terry Gilliam minifest at Aero

Four of his films will be shown over two days

Prague's kino Aero in Žižkov is showing four films by former Monty Python member Terry Gilliam on July 18 and 19.

The festival includes his new film The Man Who Killed Don Quixote plus three classic cult films: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, 12 Monkeys and Brazil.

“Terry Gilliam for us in Aero is a creator who does his own thing and stands for something And we really appreciate his type of punk cinema very much. Recent events have shown that he is also a director who must fight not only to finish his films but also after,” Aero director Zuzana Kameníková said, referring to the long struggle to film The Man Who Killed Don Quixote and the court battle after it was finished so that he could premiere the film at Cannes.

“In addition, Terry Gilliam is strongly connected with the Aero cinema. A few years ago, he himself personally met with our audience, talked with us in the office, and drank the visitors directly at the bar. After all, our colleagues named their shop Terry Posters, which can be found in Prague's Světozor,” she added.

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is currently in Czech theaters, after decades of delays. The film had its Czech premiere at the recent Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, with Gilliam introducing the film.

The mini-festival kicks off with the 1998 film Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, a strange adaptation of journalist Hunter S. Thompson' semi-autobiographical novel, with Johnny Depp in the lead role. The cast also features Benicio Del Toro and Tobey Maguire. The film is filled with psychedelic scenes occurring during a drug-fueled road trip to Las Vegas.

Also on July 18 is The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, starring Adam Driver and Jonathan Pryce in a modern-day tale inspired by the famous novel by Miguel de Cervantes. A commercial director revisits the town where he shot a student film a decade ago, only to find it had a deep impact on the lives of the people there.

July 19 has 12 Monkeys, a 1995 time travel science fiction film with Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe and Brad Pitt. The plot was inspired by the art film short La Jetee by Chris Marker. Willis' character travels back in time to try to stop a catastrophe that destroyed the future.

The final film in the festival is Brazil, arguably Gilliam's most critically acclaimed work. This 1985 film too had a troubled production, with Gilliam having to fight for the final cut after the studio insisted on a shorter film with a happier ending. Gilliam luckily won in the end, and the film has become a cult classic.

The story is loosely inspired thematically by George Orwell's 1984. Jonathan Pryce and Robert De Niro star.

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