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The Man Who Killed Don Quixote will close the 71st Cannes Film Festival

Terry Gilliam’s epic passion project is set to receive its world premiere on 19 May.

This year’s Cannes is shaping up to be a festival full of surprises. The bulk of the Official Selection, which was announced last week, is notable more for the high-profile absentees than for the still impressive list of names who managed to submit their final cuts in time. (For our money the 50th Directors’ Fortnight is where it’s at.) Not to be outdone, however, Festival President Pierre Lescure has confirmed that controversial Danish director Lars von Trier, winner of the Palme d’Or in 2000, will be made persona grata this year – his new film The House That Jack Built, starring Uma Thurman and Matt Dillon, will screen Out of Competition.

Even more excitingly, Terry Gilliam’s long-gestating passion project The Man Who Killed Don Quixote has been announced as the Closing Film, though it’s perhaps telling that the film’s premiere coincides with its French theatrical release. Will the epic wait have been worth it? Or will it be a lemon? We’ll find out on Saturday 19 May.

Elsewhere there’s a Competition slot for Cannes regular and previous Palme winner Nuri Bilge Ceylan, whose The Wild Pear Tree is joined by Knife + Heart by French filmmaker Yann Gonzalez and Ayka from the Tulpan director Kazakh Sergey Dvortsevoy, winner of the 2008 Un Certain Regard prize. Lastly, Kevin Macdonald’s Whitney Houston documentary, simply titled Whitney, is one of two new Midnight Screenings along with Ramin Bahrani’s HBO-backed Fahrenheit 451, starring Sofia Boutella, Michael B Jordan and Michael Shannon.

Check out the rest of this year’s Cannes line-up here.

Published 19 Apr 2018

Tags: Cannes Don Quixote Lars von Trier Nuri Bilge Ceylan Terry Gilliam

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