Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote has just been dealt a blow by the courts in Paris.
The Paris Court Of Appeals has ruled in favor of Portuguese producer Paulo Branco regarding the rights to the production, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival weeks ago. The court based their decision on a contract that was drawn up between Branco and Gilliam in 2016, stating that because of the contract, Branco’s rights are legitimate. The court also demands that Gilliam pay Branco’s film production company, Alfama Films, $11,600 towards the cost of launching the appeal.
Branco had this to say to Screen shortly after the ruling:
“The ruling means that the rights to the film belong to Alfama. Any exploitation of the film up until now has been completely illegal and without the authorisation of Alfama. We will be seeking damages with interest from all the people involved in this illegal production and above all, all those who were complicit in its illegal exploitation. We’re holding everyone responsible.”
Amongst being a member of the British comedy troupe Monthy Python, Gilliam went on to direct such films as Brazil, The Fisher King, Twelve Monkeys, Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas, The Brothers Grimm and The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus. For his part, Gilliam maintains that Branco failed to finance the film in the way he had promised, rendering the contract null and void.
This is yet another deadly blow to Gilliam, who has had trouble making this film for the past 25 some-odd years. With all the troubles it’s had over that time, it seems only fitting that even this finish line would have had its own issues as well.
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