The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

A rousing epic 29 years in the making, acclaimed director Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote finally hits the big screen!

A whimsical saga that puts many of Gilliam’s auteur flourishes on full display, the film stars Adam Driver as Toby, a cynical advertising director shooting a commercial featuring Don Quixote and Sancho Panza in rural Spain.  Struggling with the shoot, he turns to a film he made ten years earlier as a student – an amateurish black-and-white film called The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, in which he had cast a local cobbler named Javier (Brazil’s Jonathan Pryce) as the titular hero.  Re-connecting with Javier, who is now working at a tourist attraction, he learns that Javier now believes he is Don Quixote himself – and moreover, Toby is his long-lost Sancho Panza.  Together the two find themselves stumbling into comic and increasingly surreal adventures, as Toby is forced to confront the tragic repercussions of a film he made in his idealistic youth — a film that changed the hopes and dreams of a small Spanish village forever.

At once recalling so many of Gilliam’s most wonderful and beloved films – the sensory bombast of Time Bandits and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, laced with both the zany humor of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and nuanced pathos of The Fisher King and Brazil – The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is a fittingly personal and cynical look at storytelling in the age of big-studio cinema, a thoroughly entertaining and surprisingly provocative work of art from one of cinema’s most audacious visionaries.

“Witty, goofy, and glorious, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is Terry Gilliam’s best film in two decades.” – Brian Tallerico,

“Adam Driver brings a Nicolas Cage-esque zeal to his terrifically loony performance as Toby.” – Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times

“More than just a cinematic joyride, however, Gilliam is offering a commentary on the exploitative nature of filmmaking; a critique of Hollywood as colonising force.” – Keva York, ABC News