CANNES • A Paris courtroom dominated on Wednesday that film-maker Terry Gilliam can present The Man Who Killed Don Quixote on the Cannes Film Festival, eradicating the ultimate hurdle in his 20-year battle to get the story to the display screen.
Fans welcomed the news as an indication that “the curse of Don Quixote” was lastly damaged, after Gilliam needed to abandon an preliminary model starring Johnny Depp in 2000 because of calamities, together with flooding, sick well being and cash issues.
Finally remade with Jonathan Pryce and Adam Driver, the movie was chosen to shut Cannes on May 19, however a last-minute authorized problem from former producer Paulo Branco meant that remained unsure till Wednesday’s ruling.
The Guardian newspaper reported earlier on Wednesday that Gilliam, 77, had suffered a minor stroke on the weekend, however he tweeted: “After days of rest and prayers to the gods, I am restored and well again.”
“We are legally victorious. We will go to the ball, dressed as the closing film at Festival de Cannes,” added the director, whose movies embody Brazil and Time Bandits.
His lawyer stated the courtroom didn’t deal with the query of who owned the rights, however had ordered that the screening embody an announcement that Branco claimed possession.
At least one fan was sceptical that the “curse” had been damaged.
“Given the history, perhaps best save the celebrations until after it screens. The last minute plot twists are unbearable,” tweeted @GiantGnomes.
Iranian film-maker Asghar Farhadi’s Everybody Knows opened the competition on Tuesday, with stars resembling Chinese actress Fan Bingbing strolling the pink carpet.
On Wednesday, Leto, a biopic of Soviet-Korean rock legend Viktor Tsoi, obtained a standing ovation earlier than it was even proven.
The competitors movie is by acclaimed Russian theatre director Kirill Serebrennikov, who is beneath home arrest in Moscow.
In a case that has raised issues about censorship, he’s accused of embezzling US$2.three million (S$three million) in Russian government funds.
REUTERS, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE