Cannes Adds Long-Awaited The Man Who Killed Don Quixote as Closing Film

Plus the return of Lars Von Trier and more new official selections

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Cannes Adds Long-Awaited The Man Who Killed Don Quixote as Closing Film

It has now been confirmed that Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote will serve as the closing night film at the 71st Cannes Film Festival, according to The Guardian. The long-awaited film has been Gilliam’s baby for over 20 years—originally, Johnny Depp and Jean Rochefort were attached to star. This will be a nice treat for Gilliam and the film he’s put his heart and soul into for the past two decades. Former Pirates of the Caribbean and Game of Thrones star Jonathan Pryce stars as Quixote, with Star Wars and former Girls star Adam Driver playing Toby Grisoni, a modern-day marketing executive who acts as Pryce’s Sancho Panza. The film also stars Stellan Skarsgard and Olga Kurylenko.

In addition to Don Quixote making the official selection list, Lars Von Trier will be making his return to Cannes after a seven-year ban due to some Nazi-related jokes he made during a press conference for his 2011 film Melancholia, which earned Kirsten Dunst the Best Actress prize at the festival. His newest film The House that Jack Built stars Matt Dillon, Riley Keough and Bruno Ganz, and follows the growth of a serial killer named Jack over the course of 12 years.

Two more auteurs have been added to the selection, as well. Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan, who previously won the Palme for his 2014 film Winter Sleep, will screen In-Competition with The Wild Pear Tree, about a Turkish writer who returns home to her father’s village. Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa will open the Un Certain Regard selection, the Jury for which is headed by Benicio Del Toro, with his new drama about the recent Russian-Ukraine conflict titled Donbass.

Cannes, known for screening documentaries, has also added the documentary Whitney about the late pop singer Whitney Houston. The new HBO adaptation of Fahrenheit 451, starring Michael Shannon, Michael B. Jordan and Sofia Boutella, will also screen at the festival.

Be sure to check out the list of Cannes’ 2018 Official Selection and check out the complete Competition Jury. The festival runs from May 8-19.

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