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Video: Terry Gilliam Update, The Wholly Family Short Debuts, 1884 Promo

by Anne Thompson
February 21, 2011 8:11 AM
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While The Man Who Killed Don Quixote continues to be stalled, irrepressible filmmaker Terry Gilliam will debut his new short The Wholly Family, reports Bleeding Cool (photos via Italian magazine Ciak), at the Bradford International Film Festival (March 16 to 27). The fest will present a retrospective of Gilliam's films (Jabberwocky (1977), Time Bandits (1981), Brazil (1984), The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988), Twelve Monkeys (1995), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009) along with its Fellowship Award. The short (still in post-production) is one of a series set in Naples funded by Italian pasta company Garofalo. Gilliam issued a statement:

To be honoured by such an important festival pre-posthumously will force my family to treat me with some respect while I’m still alive. I will always be grateful for that.

See Gilliam's behind-the-scenes Wholly Family video below.

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The 15-minute short features actors performing in a Commedia dell'arte style. Gilliam has been keeping busy with an August 5, 2010 Madison Square Garden webcast with Arcade Fire, the Halloween 2010 car racing short The Legend of Hallowdega, a lavish production of Berlioz's fantasy opera The Damnation of Faust at the English National Opera in London (May 6 to June 7, 2011), and a possible 3-D retrofit of Time Bandits.

Another Gilliam feature in the works is futuristic fantasy 1884 (see video), directed by long-time Gilliam collaborator Tim Ollive and produced by Gilliam.

[Hat Tip: Slashfilm.]

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