For fans of filmmaker Terry Gilliam, Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe’s documentady Lost In La Mancha can be heartbreaking. Originally hired by Gilliam to shoot behind-the-scenes material for a projected DVD release, the pair instead captured the monumental string of bad luck that plagued the 2001 production of his The Man Who Killed Don Quixote for the week that cameras attempted to roll before the plug was pulled.
But the saga of Gilliam’s attempt to bring The Man Who Killed Don Quixote to feuition didnt stop then but has instead played out across the fifteen years since that firat attempt was scuttled. And with the film finally finished, but still undergoing some legal challenges in its attempt to get out into the world, Fulton and Louis Pepe are back with a new documentary bridging thw time from Lost In La Mancha to now.
Titled He Dreams Of Giants, the film not only tracks Gilliam’s struggle to relaunch the project, but examine Gilliam’s mindset through the process. As Fulton and Pepe explained to Variety –
“We began to think this is more a film about an internal struggle in an artist’s mind,” Fulton said. “What is it like for an artist to be standing on the brink of actually finishing this project finally?”
Pepe added: “Even on the set we would say the conflicts raging around Terry right now of making the movie are not nearly as interesting as what’s going on inside his head.”
He Dreams Of Giants is currently being edited while a distributor is being sought at the Cannes Film Festival. The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is set to close the festival on May 19. It is still looking for distribution in the United States.