Thursday, June 13, 2024

Cannes Adds Lars von Trier Film Out of Competition, Closing Night Goes to Terry Gilliam’s Long Awaited “Don Quixote”


The Cannes Film Festival just added a couple of films to the line up.

Lars von Trier has been invited back, but out of competition, for his “The House That Jack Built” starring Riley Keough, Uma Thurman and Matt Dillon. von Trier was expelled from Cannes several years after making anti-Semitic, pro Nazi comments, and observing that he’d like “to make a porno” with his female stars of the movie “Melancholia.”

I’m told there was quite a brouhaha in allowing him back, and that there was no way he’d be allowed to return in competition. “Jack” is all about a serial killer. Sounds like fun!

Cannes also announced the closing night film would be Terry Gilliam’s long awaited “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.” starring Adam Driver and Jonathan Pryce. The film was begun in 1998, started shooting and then collapsed. By 2000, it was thought to be a dead project. But Gilliam persisted, and picked it up again last year. Now finally we see the movie that inspired the documentary “Lost in La Mancha.”


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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