Tag: The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

CANNES SUCCESS

I am finishing this evening with a quick blog about Adam Driver and Cannes.

Like I’ve mentioned before, Adam has two films screening this year.
The first is the satirical comedy ‘Black Klansman’, a Spike Lee film based on a true story. It received rave reviews and it will be good to see if it wins a Palme D’or.
Fingers crossed.

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The second one is the much anticipated ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’.
This film is not in competition and will be closing the festival tomorrow.
It has taken Terry Gilliam almost 30 years to complete as it has been plagued with various production troubles and is currently fighting a legal battle as to who owns the rights.

After a Paris Court ruled in favour of the film being screened at Cannes, it’s official premier will still be tomorrow but it will have a warning at the start stating that the rights to it “are subject to current proceedings”.
The final verdict on the rights issue will be announced on the 15th June and this will ultimately lead to general release if it’s successful.
Again, fingers crossed.
I absolutely cannot wait to see this one and if it gets hung up in a huge rights dispute it may never see the light of day.
That said, it’s actually looking quite likely that the ruling will go in Terry Gilliam’s direction.

 

And I couldn’t finish this without mentioning just how stunning Adam looked this year.

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It’s interesting to note just how short his hair is at the moment considering he’s due to start filming Star Wars Episode 9 in July.
Could Supreme Leader Kylo Ren be getting a more clean cut makeover?
Only another 19 months until we find out!!!! (Quietly sobbing as I wrap things up and go to bed)

CANNES 2018

Next month sees the 71st Cannes Film Festival in France and I’m excited to say that my main man, Adam Driver, has not just one, but TWO films being premiered there.
One in Competition and one closing the festival.

The one in competition is Black Klansman directed by Spike Lee.
It tells the true story of Ron Stallworth who was an African-American police officer from Colorado, who actually managed to infiltrate a local Ku Klux Klan and became the head of the local chapter! His story was revealed in a 2006 tell all book of the same name.
That’s as much as I know about it so far. I have no idea what part Adam will be playing.
I’m hoping he will be Ron’s white colleague who went to the meetings in Ron’s place as it wouldn’t feel right if Adam was playing an actual ‘hate filled’ moron.

Anyway, the second film is ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’ directed by Terry Gilliam.
I’ve blogged about this one already and I’ve been waiting a LONG time for it to arrive.

Don Quixoted poster

It gets released in France on the same day but there is still no release date for the UK!!

With 2 films at Cannes, I’m hoping that Adam will be in attendance. It makes sense. The timing is just right. It leaves him a couple of months to promote both of these films and have a bit of ‘down’ time before he starts to film ‘Star Wars Episode 9’ in July.

His last attendance at Cannes gave us some beautiful photos.

I need more!! Roll on May.

OMG!

This came a little out of the blue today.
The first trailer for one of Adam’s new movies, due for release this year, has finally landed.
I’m thinking it will probably premier at Cannes if the French May release is correct on IMDB. Considering it was advertised profusely at Cannes in 2016 this is a fairly safe bet.
There’s no date for here in the UK yet.

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, directed by Terry Gilliam.

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

I’ve known about this film now for almost two years and it was hoped that it would make it to last years Cannes Film Festival but various things didn’t go as planned, so here we are, with a release finally in out sights!

I must admit I had to do a little research.
I have heard of ‘Don Quixote’ and ‘Man of La Mancha’ and Sancho Panza but never really took much interest.

Briefly…. and with the help of Wikipedia…. I found the following.

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra had two ‘DonQuixote’ volumes published in 1605 and 1615 and they are considered to be the most influential work of literature from the Spanish Golden Age.

The story follows the adventures of Alonso Quixano who reads so many chivalric romances that he loses his sanity and decides to set out to revive chivalry and generally bring justice to the world under the name of Don Quixote de la Mancha. Along the way he recruits a simple farmer, Sancho Panza, as his squire.

In the course of their travels, they meet innkeepers, prostitutes, goatherders, soldiers, priests, escaped convicts and scorned lovers.
Don Quixote’s tendency to intervene violently in matters irrelevant to himself, and his habit of not paying debts, result in deprivation, injuries, and humiliations, with Sancho often the victim.

That story alone is worth a movie but Terry Gilliam has taken it a step further, modernised it and written ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’ loosely based on the original ‘Don Quixote’.

IMDB states…..

An advertising executive jumps back and forth in time between 21st century London and 17th century La Mancha, where Don Quixote mistakes him for Sancho Panza.

My interest in the film is due to the fact that Adam Driver is playing Toby the advertising executive/Sancho Panza and I’ve been dying to see our first glimpse of the film.

So here it is, and it looks like it’s going to be a wonderful ride!!

Can I just point out that Adam, in period costume AND dancing, is literally going to be the death of me.

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Quixote 2

I better not have to wait much longer than May to see it here in the UK.
I think I might cry!!

ROUNDUP

So today was not a particularly good day.
After the problem with my knee a few months ago, I’d thought that things were improving.
Physio has discharged me although I continue with the exercises.
My knee had reached a level where I was actually power walking again and really enjoying it.

However, I had a little setback at work on Saturday when I jarred my knee and got shooting pains again. Not to the extent of the original explosion in my knee but enough to make things uncomfortable.

Strong pain relief helped things ease off. My day off yesterday was spent relaxing and taking it easy and as I walked into work this morning things were feeling good.
It did not last and the shooting pain started to catch me at every small turn.

I ended up having to leave work early so I didn’t push it to the point where I was off my feet for another three weeks.
I’m not back into work until Thursday but I think a trip to the GP is now in order to get referred to someone to get it checked out properly.
Considering I never had an X-ray or a scan when the original injury happened, I think that now is the time.

So I spent the rest of the afternoon with my feet up and reading Tim Conigrave’s memoir ‘Holding the Man’
I’ve reached the point where his partner, John is going to die and I don’t think I can handle it, so I’m taking a cowardly break.

A bit of Tumbling was in order and I discovered some new images of Adam on the set of his new film project.

He is currently in Atlanta, Georgia filming ‘Logan Lucky’ with Daniel Craig and Channing Tatum.
I must admit to being a little surprised by the images.
Looks like his character is missing an arm!! But he’s still got his gorgeous hair.

Anyway, it suddenly occurred to me that between now and December 2017 I have ‘potentially’ 5 of Adam’s films to see with the potential of three of them to obtain on DVD.

‘Paterson’ which premiered in Cannes and has a UK release date of 25th November 2016.
Don’t know how wide the release may be and I may end up having to go to London to see it!

‘Silence’ should be seeing inital release in December but as yet there is no date for the UK and again I may have to go to London to see this one.

‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’ is in pre-production but Terry Guilliam wants to have it ready for Cannes next year.

Then we have ‘Logan Lucky’ which is currently filming and is set for release in October 2017.

And of course we then have ‘Star Wars Ep VIII’ set for release Dec 2017.
It’s finished filming and is in post production. Expect me to rave about this one.
I can’t wait!!!
Kylo on his way to redemption but I fear for Hux!

Paterson, Silence and The Man Who Killed Don Quixote are the DVD probabilities and in fact in some cases I may only get to see them for the first time on DVD. We’ll just have to wait and see.

Right, time to suck it up and get back to this memoir!