by Hans ten Cate
Sunday, 2 March 2003, rev. 1

U.S. Release

Lost in La Mancha, the documentary about Terry Gilliam's attempt to film The Man Who Killed Don Quixote - Terry's version of the classic Cervantes story - is now in limited release in the United States.

The documentary follows Terry Gilliam through eight weeks of pre-production, six days of filming and during the aftermath as his long planned feature The Man Who Killed Don Quixote falls apart. Documentarians Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe - the team who produced the documentary The Hamster Factor about Gilliam's Twelve Monkeys - were once again allowed to accompany Gilliam on his journey, this time with an entirely different outcome. Enthusiasm sets to despair at the realization that this remarkable vision will not make it to film.

The documentary film premiered in some theaters in California and New York on January 31 and has been slowly expanding to other cities nationwide. For cities and dates, consult the Lost in La Mancha website.

The Lost in La Mancha DVD can be purchased from Amazon.co.uk and at video stores in Europe. It is also available on video.

Lost in La Mancha on DVD

As of February 24, Lost in La Mancha can be purchased on video and DVD in the UK and rest of Europe.

Justin Bowyer, of Empire magazine, gives the DVD 4 out of 5 stars and talks about the special features, which includes “...an exclusive interview with Gilliam in which he openly and honestly discusses the production’s doomed lifecycle, his pathological similarities to Quixote and the legacy of the abandoned Orson Welles version.

“There are additional interviews with Johnny Depp, Louis Pepe and Keith Fulton, plus trailers, artwork, video portraits and nine footnoted deleted scenes. All this wrapped up in appropriately Gilliam-esque animated menus.” [1]

DVD features include:

  • New interview with Terry Gilliam
  • New interviews with Johnny Depp
  • 10 deleted scenes
  • 2 alternative openings
  • 6 video portraits
  • Storyboard material from The Man Who Killed Don Quixote
  • Costume design material from The Man Who Killed Don Quixote
  • Terry Gilliam's full storyboards, including the puppet, giants and windmill scenes
  • Additional auditions and rehearsal material
  • Extra crew interviews
  • 2 Alternative openings
  • Theatrical trailer

No information on the U.S./Region 1 DVD is available at this time.

Photo: Lucy Darwin, pictured here with Terry Gilliam, Louis Pepe, and Keith Fulton at the Savoy in London, after Lost in La Mancha won the "Peter Sellers Comedy Award" (2 February 2003)

Source: Rainbow Media

Lost in La Mancha Receives BAFTA Nomination & Other Awards

Lost in La Mancha has been receiving critical acclaim from film reviewers, even though the film has been in limited release worldwide. The limited venues haven't stopped the film from acquiring various nominations and industry awards either.

Lost In La Mancha producer Lucy Darwin (see photo) was nominated for the BAFTA: Carl Foreman Award for special achievement by a Director, Screenwriter or Producer in their first feature film. The awards ceremony took place on February 23 2003, where Lucy unfortunately lost to Asif Kapadia for The Warrior.

Lost In La Mancha won the Evening Standard Peter Sellers Comedy Award at the Savoy in London on Sunday February 2 2003. Keith Fulton, Louis Pepe and Lucy Darwin accepted the award at the ceremony. Terry and Maggie Gilliam and Tony Grisoni were in attendance. [2]

Lost in La Mancha also received a nomination for Best Documentary - Prix Arte at the European Film Academy Awards which took place in Rome on December 7 2002. “We lost out to a very fine French film but it was lovely to be nominated.” said producer Lucy Darwin. [2]

Lost In La Mancha was also nominated for the British Independent Film Awards, which took place in London on October 30 2002. “Again we did not win, but we were up against a slew of very fine fiction films and Lantana took the award which was well deserved,” added Darwin. [2]

Our congratulations go out to Lucy and the crew for the nominations and for making such a fine film.