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First Look: Terry Gilliam’s Short Film ‘The Wholly Family’; Will Premiere At Bradford Film Festival

First Look: Terry Gilliam's Short Film 'The Wholly Family'; Will Premiere At Bradford Film Festival

Before he gets to his stint at the English National Opera this spring, directing “The Damnation Of Faust,” helmer Terry Gilliam will get his latest short film venture, “The Wholly Family,” in the can. First announced last year, the film stars Cristiana Capotondi, Douglas Dean, Nicolas Connolly and Sergio Solli and is being shot on location in Italy, and not without good reason. The film is being sponsored by pasta company Garofalo as part of an annual series of films about Naples, and while details of what it’s about have been kept under wraps, the project does have an original script by Gilliam and is not based off the Eve Merriam poem of the same name.

Italian film magazine Ciak (via Bleeding Cool) has the first look at the film and it’s every bit as visually intriguing as we expect from Gilliam and it won’t be too long before audiences get a taste of what he has cooked up. The film is set to premiere at the Bradford International Film Festival where Gilliam is receiving the Fellowship award. Running from March 16th to 27th, the festival will offer up a retrospective of Gilliam’s films and the director is honored, saying wryly, “To be honoured by such an important festival pre-posthumously will force my family to treat me with some respect while I’m still alive. I will always be grateful for that.”

The full lineup of the festival will be announced tomorrow, where a proper synopsis will likely appear. For now, there are more images of the film below as well as a behind the scenes video dug up by Bleeding Cool.

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it’s not premiering at Bradford. at least not according to Gilliam fan blog.


Ahem to that Paul. It saddens me that directors who have made a mark on history in film are slowly getting shoved into a corner. Or at least this one is.


Based on these stills alone it looks like a more promising work than “The Legend of Hallowdega”.

But really… Gilliam should not be making glorified adverts. Someone should drop a hint to the Ellison’s to fund a certain movie about a certain Don Quixote.

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