Terry Gilliam

United Kingdom, USA, 1985 / 132 min / English OV with subt. TBC / Drama, Science Fiction

Terry Gilliam Retrospective

A daydreaming everyman finds himself caught in the soul-crushing gears of a nightmarish bureaucracy.

Sam Lowry is a harried technocrat in a futuristic, dystopian society that is needlessly convoluted and inefficient. He dreams of a life where he can fly away from technology and overpowering bureaucracy, and spend eternity with the woman of his dreams. While investigating and trying to rectify the wrongful arrest and eventual death of one Harry Buttle instead of wanted terrorist Harry Tuttle, Lowry meets the woman he is always chasing in his dreams, Jill Layton. Meanwhile, the bureaucracy has fingered him responsible for a rash of terrorist bombings, and Sam and Jill's lives are put in danger. The two get caught in a web of mistaken identities, mindless bureaucracy and lies.


Fri 05/03 13:00 Cinémathèque EN OV subt. TBC Public
  • Best Production Design, BAFTA Awards, 1986 (United Kingdom)
  • Best Special Visual Effects, BAFTA Awards, 1986 (United Kingdom)
  • Best Supporting Actor – Ian Holm, Boston Society of Film Critics Awards, 1986 (USA)
  • Special Commendation for Achievements in Production Design, Boston Society of Film Critics Awards, 1986 (USA)
  • Technical Achievement Award, British Film Institute Awards, 1986 (United Kingdom)
  • Best Screenplay, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards, 1985 (USA)
  • Best Picture, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards, 1985 (USA)
  • Best Director, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards, 1985 (USA)
Cast & Credits
Jonathan Pryce, Robert De Niro, Katherine Helmond, Ian Holm, Bob Hoskins, Michael Palin, Ian Richardson
Terry Gilliam, Tom Stoppard, Charles McKeown
Roger Pratt
Rodney Glenn
Norman Garwood
Michael Kamen
Embassy International Pictures, Brazil Productions

After directing his fellow Pythons in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and Meaning of Life, American-born British film director, screenwriter, animator, actor and comedian Terry Gilliam went on to write and direct films including Jabberwocky, Time Bandits and Brazil which was nominated for the Academy Awards for Best Screenplay and Best Art Direction. The Fisher King, won the Silver Lion in Venice in 1996, whereas 12 Monkeys competed for a Golden Bear at the 46th Berlinale in 1996. Two years later, he was nominated for the Palme d’Or in Cannes for his adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. A directorial all-rounder, Terry has also turned his hand to opera – directing Berlioz’s The Damnation of Faust at the English National Opera. His labour of love, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, starring Jonathan Pryce and Adam Driver, received the longest standing ovation in the history of closing films at Cannes 2018.

  • 2018 – The Man Who Killed Don Quixote
  • 2013 – The Zero Theorem
  • 2011 – The Wholly Family (short)
  • 2010 – The Legend of Hallowdega (short)
  • 2009 – The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
  • 2005 – Tideland
  • 2005 – The Brothers Grimm
  • 2002 – Secret Tournament (short)
  • 1998 – Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
  • 1995 – 12 Monkeys
  • 1991 – The Fisher King
  • 1988 – The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
  • 1985 – Brazil
  • 1983 – The Crimson Permanent Assurance (short)
  • 1983 – The Meaning of Life
  • 1981 – Time Bandits
  • 1977 – Jabberwocky
  • 1975 – Miracle of Flight (short)
  • 1975 – Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  • 1968 – Storytime (short)